The media is scarcely reporting now (after botching it earlier) that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is likely to be the choice as Secretary of State for President-Elect Trump (not Mitt Romney, Rudy Guiliani, or John Bolton). If the media does not want to complete the blunder, it should watch for his next “surprise”—this time for Secretary of Defense. Gen. Mattis is commendable pick but does not fall into Donald Trump’s view on foreign policy. Originally thinking that Donald Trump will pick Rand Paul, yours truly forgot that he needs some allies in the Senate to confirm his appointments. Thus, all eyes should be on Jim Webb, not Gen. Mattis. Not to be confused with the American songwriter, Sen. Webb was a Democratic Senator who opposed the interventionist foreign policies during the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. He recently ran for president but dropped out because he was “not comfortable” and “unhappy” with his party’s positions. On Nov. 15, he spoke at George Washington University. For those that read earlier blogposts, will recall that universities such as George Washington University were strong indicators for potential cabinet appointees. In any case, Webb is a decorated war veteran (like Gabbard) and his foreign policies fall in line with those of Donald Trump.
If Gabbard does get the nod from the President-Elect as Secretary of State and if Webb follows suit as Secretary of Defense, this should make for interesting confirmation sessions in Washington, DC. More importantly, it would certainly show resolve on the President-Elect that he really wants to change America’s Mesopotamian foreign policy. Fellow foreign policy wonks, hold on to your seats and stay tuned. This one is going to get interesting….