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Orszag speaks! Or at least he will.
The e-mail noted that one provision was "providing for a committee of 15 participants, which include the Secretary of State only as a co-equal member as opposed to placing her as the lead, as had been earlier requested; and others do not vest authorities in the Secretary, as had been requested for comparable provisions."
This will not do. She must be at the head of the table.
Outside development groups argue that this view seems at variance with President Obama's commitment for what the White House called his "new approach to development." Obama's recently released National Security Strategy, the announcement said, noted that "development, diplomacy, and defense are components of a comprehensive, integrated approach to the challenges we face today."
The Pentagon says it wants out of the development business because that's not what it does. So the question, which apparently the White House will resolve, is whether development is going to be a distinct, though coordinated, function. That is, who's going to be in charge of development out in the field.
There's not going to be a return to the days when ambassadors in some countries had less clout than the AID directors, who had fatter wallets. But Obama, always deferential to Clinton, may have to make some hard structural decisions.
But how does it end?
The Air Force Research Institute wants its folks at Maxwell AFB to read a book with a truly gloomy title: "In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan." Despite the title, and the grim history of others -- the British, the Russians -- who have ventured into Afghanistan, the new book by Rand Corp. political scientist Seth Jones is not entirely discouraging.
Jones, who worked for Gen. Stanley McChrystal and advises the Pentagon, still thinks things may work out. The Air Force is buying 2,500 copies. (Bestseller lists are wary of bulk sales.) Everyone had better read quickly, very quickly.
A new No. 2 G-man
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller has tapped Timothy P. Murphy, an associate deputy director and 12-year veteran of the bureau, to be the FBI's deputy director. Murphy, who has been in charge of the Cincinnati division and assistant special agent in charge of the Washington field office, succeeds John S. Pistole, who left to be administrator of the Transportation Security Administration.