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44 The Obama Presidency

Obama Adviser Steinberg Says He'll Assist Clinton at State

By Michael Abramowitz
James B. Steinberg, a veteran Democratic foreign policy thinker and top adviser to President-elect Barack Obama, told colleagues tonight that he expects to be nominated tomorrow as deputy secretary of state.

In a letter to students and faculty at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin, where he serves as dean, Steinberg said if confirmed, "it will be a great privilege to serve with President Obama, Secretary of State-designate Clinton and the entire national security team at this time of great challenge but also of great opportunity for the United States and the world."

Steinberg's long-anticipated nomination would represent the first concrete step by Obama and Clinton to begin filling in the senior positions at State. Since her nomination last month, Clinton has been busy interviewing potential job candidates and thinking about how to structure the department when she takes over early next year. She has also met with senior officials in the Bush administration to discuss key problems she will inherit, such as the efforts by Iran and North Korea to develop nuclear weapons programs.

Steinberg served in Clinton's husband's administration, in various positions at State and then as deputy national security adviser. He has been a key foreign policy adviser to Obama during the general election campaign and during the transition. He is the author of numerous books and articles about foreign policy, including most recently a treatise on the problems that can confront a new administration in its first few months.

Posted at 11:54 PM ET on Dec 22, 2008  | Category:  44 The Obama Presidency
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It is not only El-Baradei who has said there is no physical evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Our very own intelligence agencies released a report last year which concluded not only that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program but also that it looks like they have not had one since at least 2003 and possibly not even before then.

Shame on you, Mr. Abramowitz. There is a loud screaming on the part of a small number of persons in this country, aided and abetted by ultra-right-wing elements in Israel, that Iran is on the verge of exploding a nuclear bomb. There is not a shred of evidence to support these hysterical claims. Unfortunately, because this issue is not on many persons' radar, those who have been speaking the truth on this matter have not gotten much attention.

As a result, lazy reporters like yourself, Mr. Abramowitz, who apparently have forgotten the lesson of the phony WMD claims in Iraq, mindlessly parrot this ignorant screaming. You really need to rewrite the above to correct the record and acknowledge the error.

Of course, you may be a dishonest reporter who is actively aiding and abetting the alarmist screaming, in which case we can whistle for a correction.

Posted by: criggs | December 24, 2008 11:04 AM

What is the basis for the contention expressed here, that Iran is developing nuclear weapons? This is not the view of Mohammed ElBaradei of the IAEA, and it is not the view of the Russians who are working closely with the Iranians in building the nuclear reactor at Bushehr.

Posted by: Garvagh | December 23, 2008 9:57 PM

another AIPAC pick. Guess we will be going to war with Iran and have eight more years of settlement building in the Aparthied State.

Hey Jake... Merry Eid buddy !!!

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | December 23, 2008 1:41 PM

How about previous Clinton advisor, Wade Rowland Sanders? Will he be assisting Hillary at State (perhaps Bangkok)?

Posted by: JakeD | December 23, 2008 12:38 PM

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