Obama's New World Order

Obama's national-security team has talent, experience — and a tendency to disagree on major policy issues. Can it work? Keep an eye on the 6-ft. 5-in. general

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

President-elect Barack Obama announces his national security team during a news conference in Chicago, Dec. 1, 2008.

It was hard to miss the message that Barack Obama was sending with the powerful tableau lined up behind him onstage in Chicago. "I assembled this team because I'm a strong believer in strong personalities and strong opinions," the President-elect said of his national-security picks. The top three members of that team certainly fit the description. In Hillary Clinton, Obama is getting a Secretary of State who battled him to the bitter end of a Democratic primary season focused largely on the question of who was better equipped to be Commander in Chief. In bringing in retired...

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