Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Obama’s fails to nominate women for two top Cabinet posts - so what?

Read the Washington Posts' Obama’s failure to nominate women for two top Cabinet posts questioned. There is a failure by the critics of Obama's nominations to even name a credible alternative. Critics that merely want to fill a position based upon gender are wrong headed in reasoning.

One person mentioned was Michele Flournoy. Her credentials: She "became the highest-ranking woman to serve in the Defense Department when she was confirmed as undersecretary of defense for policy in 2009." But she resigned that position in February "citing a desire to spend more time with her family." Isn't that one of those 'I am about get kicked out of here so I better resign' rationales?

Her other qualification - she "served as an adviser to Obama’s reelection campaign." That should be the criteria for Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State or head of the CIA?

Two other honorable mentions were Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security, and U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice are in top national security roles. Really?  Don't forget that Ambassador Rice could not even get off the ground with her expected nomination for Secretary of State. Can either of these be honestly equated with Senator Kerry, former Senator Hagel or John O. Brennan?

Diversity for diversity sake is poor policy for leadership selection. People ought to be selected based upon their qualifications not because of campaign contributions or other support and not because of race or gender.

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