Biden Picks Clinton And Obama Advisers For Top Positions

 

Despite the fact that President Donald Trump has refused to concede the 2020 race, Joe Biden has decided to go ahead and start planning and announcing who will be in his administration. Many of the names are familiar Washington insiders with close ties to the Clintons and the Obama administration.

According to a report in Bloomberg this week, Biden plans to name his longtime adviser Antony Blinken as secretary of state.

From 2009 to 2013, Blinken served as Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President. From 2002 to 2008, he served as the Democratic Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

During the Clinton Administration, Blinken served in the State Department and in senior positions on the National Security Council staff. Blinken is also a global affairs analyst for CNN

Jake Sullivan who was one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, and implicated in her email scandal, is likely to be named Biden’s national security adviser. Linda Thomas-Greenfield is expected to be nominated to serve as Biden’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Jake Sullivan and Hillary Clinton (Politico)

Thomas-Greenfield worked as a career foreign service officer, and served as assistant secretary of state for African affairs in the Obama administration.

She was one of the officials who were fired in a purge of senior State Department officials that happened when Trump took office. She is currently a senior counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington.

An official announcement on these names is expected on Tuesday, according to sources who spoke with Bloomberg.

Biden has also named others with deep ties to the weapons industry for government positions.

On November 10th, Biden announced the members of his agency review teams, which he says “are responsible for understanding the operations of each agency, ensuring a smooth transfer of power, and preparing for President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and their cabinet to hit the ground running on Day One.”

A large portion of the officials who were selected for the Department of Defense agency review team, 8 out of 23, have direct ties to the military-industrial complex or a part of it themselves. This number could be higher, as the backgrounds of all of the candidates are still being thoroughly researched.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is listed as the “most recent employment” for three selections on Biden’s Department of Defense agency review team: Kathleen Hicks, who is a former defense official under President Barack Obama, as well as Melissa Dalton, and Andrew Hunter.

Joe Biden with Antony Blinken (USA Today)

CSIS is an influential foreign policy think tank that promotes war while receiving funding from companies like General Dynamics Corporation, Raytheon Technologies, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Lockheed Martin. They also work on behalf of the oil companies.

Furthermore, two other officials, Ely Ratner and Susanna Blume also named for positions on the team, most recently worked with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) a think tank that takes money from Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and the US State Department.

Three others selected for the team are Stacie Pettyjohn, Terri Tanielian, and Christine Wormuth who previously worked with the RAND Corporation, which receives funding from the US Army and the Department of Homeland Security and often promotes foreign intervention and hostility towards non-allied countries.

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