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Pentagon: China Weapons Development Threatens Taiwan

March 25, 2009

The Pentagon says China needs to be more open about its military modernization or risk creating uncertainty and miscalculations by other nations.

Associated Press

The U.S. Defense Department is questioning how China intends to use its rapidly expanding military power, including what it calls some “disruptive military technologies.”

A new Pentagon report also says Beijing continues to develop weapons that threaten Taiwan, even though tensions between the two have been reduced significantly.

The assessment comes in the latest in a series of annual assessments for Congress of China’s military power.

The Associated Press obtained a summary of the report, due to be released later Wednesday.

It says China needs to be more open about its military modernization; otherwise it risks creating uncertainty and the potential for misunderstandings and miscalculations by other nations.


China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said early this month that Beijing is ready to hold talks with Taiwan on political and military issues in the pursuit of ending hostility between the longtime rivals. But Taiwan’s defense minister later noted publicly that China has made repeated threats to attack Taiwan if it moves to make its de facto independence permanent and that Taiwan remains concerned about the estimated 1,300 missiles Beijing has readied against the island.

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Obama Gets an “F” on Transition Openness, Transparency

December 29, 2008

The Obama team, pledging the ”most open and transparent transition in history,” gets and ”A” for disclosing donors to the Jan. 20 inauguration and a ”F” when it comes to revealing transition meetings with groups. Contrary to its own ”seat at the table transparency policy,” meetings are not posted on a Web site.

From Lynn Sweet
Chicago Sun-Times

I’m giving a ”B” to the Obama transition report on staff contacts with Gov. Blagojevich. The report was a summary narrative released last week of an internal inquiry into Gov. Blagojevich’s selling-of-a-Senate seat scandal. While the Obama team deserves credit for disclosure — including that President-elect Barack Obama and incoming White House staffers Valerie Jarrett and Rahm Emanuel met with federal prosecutors — offering some notes or transcripts to support the conclusions would have been helpful.

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Some Women’s Groups Disappointed In Obama Despite Five Female Cabinet Officer Nominees

December 22, 2008

Who could possibly signify tolerance, openness and racial and gender clarity at the top of government more than Barack Obama?  Just as gays say his pick of Rick Warren was all wrong, and many Latinos say Bill Richardson is a “token,” some women’s groups now are saying Barack Obama could and should have been doing more for them…


What’s made up of five women, four African-Americans, three Latinos, two Republicans and two Asians, including a Nobel Prize winner?

By Jessica Yellin

The answer: President-elect Barack Obama’s Cabinet.

Obama is taking the big-tent approach to governing and wanted a Cabinet that stretches the tent wide.

“I think people will feel that we followed through on our commitment to make sure that this is not only an administration that is diverse ethnically, but it’s also diverse politically and it’s diverse in terms of people’s life experience,” Obama said December 16.

It might be diverse, but not everyone is happy. Some women’s groups are disappointed. Among Obama’s strongest backers during the election, they now say they don’t have enough seats at the table.

That’s because of Obama’s 20 announced Cabinet-level posts, five went to women: Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as homeland security secretary, Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, Rep. Hilda Solis as labor secretary, Susan Rice as United Nations ambassador and Lisa Jackson as Environmental Protection Agency chief.

A poll shows 71 percent of Americans approve of Barack Obama picking Hillary Clinton for secretary of state.

A poll shows 71 percent of Americans approve of Barack Obama picking Hillary Clinton for secretary of state.

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Gay Congressman Says Obama Made A Mistake on Pastor

 Why Has Obama Ignored Latinos for Top Jobs?

United Nations Ambassador-designate Susan Rice listens as President-elect ... 
United Nations Ambassador-designate Susan Rice listens as President-elect Barack Obama, not pictured, announces his national security team at a news conference in Chicago, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)