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Obama Dispatches Donilon to Israel

As the confrontation with a defiant Iran over its nuclear program grows, President Obama is sending National Security Adviser Tom Donilon to Israel for consultations. The United States and its allies have in recent weeks ratcheted up sanctions against Iran, but so far with no noticeable effect on slowing the country’s nuclear weapons program. Donilon’s visit follows a trip by the chief of Israel’s spy

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Obama and His Very own Fat Cat Bankers

President Obama is well known for disparaging big wheel bankers, labeling them “fat cats” and describing their pay as “obscene.” But what is less well known is the extent to which he has tolerated them as his most trusted advisers. The appointment last month of William Daley to be chief of staff is only the most obvious example of this inconsistency. OK, hypocrisy. Sorry, inconsistency. Daley,

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The Obama Experience Gap

One of the scarier things about the unfolding events in Egypt and throughout the Middle East is that the people in charge of dealing with it in the United States, though they are impressive characters, lack vital experience. The Egypt crisis demands people with broad experience in foreign affairs who understand how to manage the transition in Egypt and changes in the rest of the

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POLITICO Details Donilon’s Fannie Mae Years

POLITICO has a good rundown on newly installed National Security Adviser Tom Donilon’s career, with a detailed examination of his time as a lobbyist for Fannie Mae. From the story: One part of Donilon’s résumé that went unmentioned in the Rose Garden Friday — the six years he spent as a top executive of Fannie Mae at the height of the housing boom — made him a

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Tom Donilon, The Four Million Dollar Man

President Obama today announced that National Security Adviser James L. Jones, disliked in Obama circles, is leaving earlier than expected, to be replaced by his deputy Tom Donilon, who is liked in Obama circles. Well, he didn’t announce it exactly like that, but that’s what’s happening. Some may find this comforting. It was nice back in the Seventies when the United States was protected by

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