Policy Wonk With No Military Experience on Shortlist to be 1st Female Defense Secretary

It’s a long way from playing volleyball at Beverly Hills High School to being the most powerful woman in Washington, but Michele Flournoy could cap such a remarkable journey if President Obama selects her as Defense secretary.

Flournoy, little known outside the world of military policy, is on the shortlist to lead the Pentagon in Obama’s second term. She would be the first woman in that role.

An inveterate policy wonk who first worked in the Pentagon under President Clinton and later co-founded a respected think tank, Flournoy, 52, has spent two decades climbing to the top of Washington’s notoriously male-dominated national security establishment, winning the admiration of military officers and politicians from both parties even as she remained out of the spotlight.

Although a child of Hollywood — her father was a TV cinematographer, her mother a onetime theater actress — she long ago abandoned Los Angeles for the distinctly unglamorous world of defense policy. She never served in uniform but has been at the center of her generation’s most important debates over the future of the U.S. military, from arms control in the Reagan years to the counterinsurgency strategies employed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When Obama took office in 2009, Flournoy returned to the Pentagon in the department’s No. 3 position — undersecretary of Defense for policy — but resigned last February, saying she wanted to spend more time with her three children.

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  • CaptTurbo

    I don’t know anything about her but I expect it’s safe to bet that she is the lowest quality choice possible. That observation comes from simply looking at all the other appointments surrounding the usurping impostor.

  • Samurai_Sam

    Experience? Why does she need experience? Her boss is a poser with out an ounce of experience and look where it got him! Besides she’s only replacing the other political hack with no experience so what’s the problem? The last thing the POS in chief wants is to have someone with an IQ two points above a grapefruit to question his eminence.

  • Tomtom

    Another inexperienced choice by an inexperienced president. He continues to embarrass Americans !

  • Her job is to let B.O. make the deal with Russia to eliminate all our nuclear weapons. No one has illusions about how much everyone in B.O.’s regeime hates America. She fits the mold.

  • I finally arriving at the conclusion that the only experience you need to have a position of power in this country is being able to speak lies/bullshit authoritatively as if you actually believed it, and convince others of the same.

  • JohnWayne

    What else is new with this Marxist Jerk? We’re supposed to place our trust in this sycophant? A two day old idiot has more sense than anything Democrat!

  • rodulfo-tardo

    a review of nazi political appointments from 1934 on. shows the proper etiquette for an absolute power regime, place into office the most incompetent variable available,[joe biden comes to mind] yet promote it as a necessary and right choice for america, as these well placed invertebrates acquire ‘ghost’ positions, it allows for al-obama to secure his marxist-jihadi caliphate and cult of classless ignorance, for the good of all who support him.

  • jimbo999

    Let’s see. A tax cheat to head the IRS. A complete boob to be the Vice President. A Mexican sympathizer to the Supreme Court. A college professor to the Supreme Court. A former first lady and election fraud to head The State Department. Now a gigolo to be Secretary of State.
    Yeah, a volleyball player to be Secretary of Defense sounds about right.
    Obama’s cabinet and his czars are all the worst choices for the jobs, kind of like their boss.