June 18th, 2008
09:15 AM ET
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Obama in search of foreign policy advisors

WASHINGTON (CNN)– Barack Obama turns his attention to national security today, as he meets with a group of senior Democrats who are veterans when it comes to foreign policy and national security.

Obama’s Campaign says that the Senator from Illinois will hold his first meeting of his Senior Working Group on National Security. The campaign says that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will consult with this group on a regular basis between now and the November election.

WATCH Obama discuss his view on foreign policy

Later today Obama is scheduled to gather with a a group of nearly 40 retired admirals and generals to discuss the state of the nation’s armed forces and the challenges facing the US military in hot spots around the world.

Among the names in this Senior Working Group are four Clinton Administration Cabinet members: former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher, former Defense Secretary William Perry, and former National Security Adviser Tony Lake.

Also included in this group are former Senators Sam Nunn, who chaired the Senate Armed Services Committee and David Boren, who chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and former Congressman Lee Hamilton, who chaired the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Obama is critical of the Bush Administration when it comes to national security, telling reporters yesterday that “I think that the American people are clear that we have neglected our domestic national security.”

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  1. Scott

    O'bama wants change that we can believe in...than why is he bringing in the same old tired people that were Bill Clinton's advisors??
    I guess they would be better than having the likes of Rev Wright or Rev Jackson or even Sharpton running around the WH.

    June 18, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. 2012

    "Dave June 18th, 2008 10:40 am ET

    Brian…sorry your candidate for President lost in the primary season. The primary season was set up under "true" Democratic party rules and those rules were followed to the letter (including warning and subsequently penalizing Michigan and Florida). So if you're really a "true" Democrat, why can't you support what the majority of Democrats want?"


    Dave, maybe it's because when Brian joined the "Democratic Party" he thought it had something to do with "democracy".
    Must have been quite a rude awakening to find it's really about totalitarian dictatorship, huh, Brian?

    Boot 'em all and start over.....'08

    June 18, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Phil in KC

    I think he's on the right track. I'd like to know all the names on that list. Interesting that most of the names listed are moderate to conservative.

    June 18, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Jeff in Illinois

    I have to take serious issue with the posting that the "bin Laden problem wasn't created by George Bush..." and that it was the Clinton admin's failed middle east policies which led to the 9/11 attacks. (as well as the fellow name-caller who praised the post in the below words):

    Osama bin Laden was the leader of a group of Afghanis fighting agaist years of Soviet invasion into their country. The United States of America, under Ronald Wilson Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush, supported, armed, and trained Osama bin Laden and Company.

    Later, the Clinton Administration, when handing over the reins of power to The Worst President in History, gave the Bush Administration ample intelligence regarding the imminent 9/11 attacks. As we all know, the Bush Administration callously ignored the warning, much to the joy and profit of oil companies, Saudis, the Defense Industry, and Halliburtons everywhere.

    So please, put your efforts into paying attention to the world around you instead of spreading obvious lies and name-calling on message boards.

    June 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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