January 5th, 2009
09:24 AM ET
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National security team meets Monday

The Obama national security team, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates, is meeting Monday.
The Obama national security team, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates, is meeting Monday.

(CNN) - Two US military officials confirmed to CNN that the Obama national security team is scheduled for a transition meeting Monday morning. Expected in attendance: Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Admiral Michael Mullen, Secretary of State nominee Hillary Clinton, and national security advisor James Jones. Officials say topics will include security challenges the team will face upon taking office the officials say. These officials say it is safe to assume the Middle East is on the list, though neither has seen the official agenda.

A ‘tank’ meeting is also scheduled this afternoon for joint chiefs on Afghanistan strategy review, also one of the first issues facing national security team


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  1. J.P..

    National security team?

    Why do we need a national security team, now that Obama was elected?

    I thought his election meant an end to all wars, struggles, strife, hunger, hatred and even simple malaise and partial cloudiness? "Let the sun shine! Let the sun shine in!"

    January 5, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Irritated in Fl

    I certainly hope that they set a chain of command and have someone ready to make vital decisions regarding our national security when the chit hits the fan and Obama freezes up. His usual "uh, uh, uh" stuttering just won't cut it when we get hit again. And believe me, they are just waiting till this inexperienced prima donna glory hound gets sworn in and falls on his rump.

    January 5, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. naqib

    Shortly after he will begin backing out of his campaign promises...

    Not unlike the new 6 billion dollar tax cuts for the rich?
    The new and improved cabinet?
    The big buisness bailouts?

    Let alone the lies already... so much for credibility... nice way to start!

    January 5, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Antonio in Los Angeles

    It would sure be conforting if elements of this meeting could be made public. Understanding that they cannot share everything publicly, this meeting should at very least have a public agenda. We are in a unique crossroads concerning the "middle east."

    January 5, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Alert the media

    When is the "in the tank" meeting to be held?

    January 5, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt

    It's a start. To change, it's start with a dream. Then plans. Then execution. Let's take our time to do things RIGHT!!! People need to stop killing each other. Sometimes you have to let them GUT one another out, then they'll sit down and talk and realize it was not WORTH the fight. But of course, prevention is always the BEST medicine.

    January 5, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Laverne

    To naqib: I think it is safe to say you haven't given him a chance to start. He has only picked his cabinet thus far and you of such little faith are already declaring his administration unsuccessful. Gimme a break, he has done more already to help America in the past 20 months than our current president has done in 8 years. Direct your crap to George W. Bush please!

    January 5, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Negative thinking only means closed minds with nothing constructive to say or add. I refuse to be negative about Obama's plans because I don't have any solutions to restore our economy. I believe in the saying if you don't have a solution then don't be a part of the problem.

    January 5, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. WI Cheesehead

    Like David Petraeus "Afghanistan Is Not Iraq. It’s Harder."

    January 5, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Sue

    Did Obama bring his magic twanger to DC? Maybe he forgot to have it crated and shipped to DC? Better check it out...

    January 5, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. 15 Days To Go

    Antonio: They are the incoming president and a team that hasn't been confirmed. They can't discuss foreign policy until they are actually the foreign policy advisors.

    Thank God the people that haunt these blogs are a very, very small precentage of the population!

    January 5, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Pat

    Can we include his Commerce choice Richardson? No wait he is one step ahead of Blago in the conviction process.

    January 5, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. demwit

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss..

    January 5, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. What a mess

    How tragic that Arafat refused the best deal the palestinians were ever gonna get (two state solution), and Hammas is stupid enough to lob rockets at Israel. I have always been for Palestinian sovereignity over at least the west bank, and against Israeli settlements where they clearly don't belong and are flat out stealing from the Palestinians, but what in the world would anybody do, if their neighbor was indiscriminately shooting at them. Dumb Dumb Dumb. I hope they can get the leaders of this obviously non-muslim non-palestinian gang of thugs and give the west bank and Abbas a chance to broker a deal.

    January 5, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Franky

    I say let's just pull a "Genghis Khan." Israel finally got the memo, they gotta man up and show some character. Before you know it, all the Aarab nations are gonna make you bogus and before you know it, we're gonna go help you guys for not taking care of your own people...

    But for real, what are the surrounding neighbors saying?? Egypt?? Syria?? Jordan for example. I haven't really heard that much. Israel do gotta show character for their state...

    January 5, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |

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