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Ever since the middle of last week, the press has been abuzz about Sen. Hillary Clinton securing the position of Secretary of State. As far as I know, President-elect Barack Obama has not formally offered it to her. Obama neither confirmed not denied the offer on 60 minutes last night. James Carville, friend and political advisor to the Clintons said, “There’s a lot of momentum in the direction of this happening.” Personally, I’m not all that enthusiastic about Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. On the other hand, I trust Barack Obama’s judgment. I thought that Gov. Bill Richardson would be an excellent candidate for Secretary of State.

Bush administration officials are trying to lay the groundwork for the United States to stay in Iraq almost forever. Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated that it would take us over two years to get out of Iraq if we start now. The Iraqi cabinet has approved a tentative security agreement that has American forces out of there within two years. As with everything in Iraq, this simple agreement is more complex than it seems. Look for Sunni opposition to this agreement which has widespread Shiite support.

Conservatives, for the most part, were happy to jump on the bandwagon to bail out Wall Street but there is a real conservative oppositions to bailing out Detroit. Conservatives always try to find a bogeyman like ACORN or William Ayres. This time the bogeyman is going to be the United Auto Workers Union. It is the fault of the unions that Detroit has failed. Any thoughtful discussion of Detroit has to start with their product.

There’s more to talk about. Hopefully I’ll have some time later.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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