Over the past several days, the Obama administration has announced a number of new appointments like Timothy Geithner for Treasury Secretary. He has also reportedly selected Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State.
In the past, we’ve critiqued picks for Obama’s transition team as well as the nomination of Rahm Emanuel, who was key in securing the passage of NAFTA. In this vein, reporter Jeremy Scahill has written a new piece called “This Is Change? 20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama’s White House” that is heavily criticizes many of Obama’s foreign policy advisors for being proponents of the liberal interventionism that characterized the 1990s. Scahill argues that Clinton’s foreign policy paved the way for President George W. Bush’s actions in Iraq.
However, there have been some progressives appointed to the transition team. Writing for Mother Jones’ blog, reporter David Corn has highlighted some of them.
Of course, there is still much to debate about Obama’s picks thus far, as Scahill and Corn did recently on Democracy Now.