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Dod’s Budget Inflation Story Is More Complicated Than You Think

The Hugh Hewitt Show: Highly Concentrated

00:48 sec | Last month

Dod’s Budget Inflation Story Is More Complicated Than You Think

"Hey, I want to talk to you about the hearing yesterday. I played some congressman Walsh who's up next hour. I thought it was an interesting hearing. Got a little hot in the collar from general Austin defense secretary asked him, what did you learn from yesterday's hearing? Well, a few big things came out. The first is that chairman milley admitted that the 2% inflation assumption that they used in the budget was obviously incorrect, I believe, was the phrase he used or something like that. So it raises the question. If we know it's obviously incorrect, then why? Are they continuing to stand behind it? Why use it? And what this proves is a bigger point, which when you factor in inflation, the 780 ish, $773 billion number, is really a mirage.

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Biden Was Advised to Keep 2,500 Troops, Say Generals

Mike Gallagher Podcast

01:30 min | 8 months ago

Biden Was Advised to Keep 2,500 Troops, Say Generals

"Here's general austin secretary. Rather austin along with general mackenzie and millie facing a Grilling from both republicans and democrats couple of democrats gave it to him as well. This is so bad it transcends party politics and the democrats know it but of course it's happening on their watch their democrat president. They're they're democrats in congress. Here was a secretary. Austin ba- train the lie. That biden told the american people that he didn't he no one told him to keep twenty five hundred troops in afghanistan. He just wasn't told. That here was secretary austin calling the president out. It's a simple question secretary austin. He said no senior military leader advised him leaves small troop presence behind. Is that true or not. Do these officer. General miller's recommendations get to the president personally their input was was received by the president considered by the president for sure In terms of what they specifically recommended center they just as i said they're not gonna provide What they recommended in confidence whatever that means but yeah. It was received by the

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Caller Concerned About Biden's Mishandling of U.S. Leaving Afghanistan

Mark Levin

00:50 sec | 11 months ago

Caller Concerned About Biden's Mishandling of U.S. Leaving Afghanistan

"Reason I'm calling is I'm concerned about all the equipment. Over in Afghanistan that are they just going to leave that there so the Taliban can come out, come in and commandeer it and then use it while shockingly at that one major base. That's exactly what they did. And the Afghan military didn't have a shot at getting in there and grabbing it. As the Taliban swarmed in there. And the Taliban have done videos of all the The equipment that they got. It's really outrageous the way Biden's handling this in General Austin and And General Milley. Outrageous. Yeah, and then they're going to use it against the people. They're going to use it against. The Afghan military in the Afghan people, that's correct. Yeah, that's terrific. It's appalling.

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U.S. Leaves Its Last Afghan Base, Effectively Ending Operations

World News This Week

02:05 min | 11 months ago

U.S. Leaves Its Last Afghan Base, Effectively Ending Operations

"Us military has left barham airfield in afghanistan as part of the troop withdrawal abc news. Chief global affairs correspondent. Martha raddatz visited afghanistan and spoke with the general overseeing the pullout we are flying over bog rem airfield once home to thirty thousand. Us troops now nearly abandoned the jets gone. Nearly everything gone. This is what packing up. Twenty years of war in afghanistan looks like the. us had a mission when they invaded afghanistan. Right after nine. Eleven to denial kaieda a base of operations and deter attacks on the us homeland from taliban safe haven but two decades later the taliban remains and the biden administration is drawing this mission to a close four star. General austin scott miller is overseeing the withdrawal. He has spent nearly nine of the last. Twenty years on deployments and is now the longest serving general in afghanistan at three years. Paramount is is safety and security of the troops. You've gotten a ton out already. How do you assure that they're safe. Clear objective is not only safe but an orderly withdrawal. If there are attacks we certainly have the ability to respond to those. But as american troops depart fear that large swamps of afghanistan are falling back into the hands of the taliban despaired of attacks dramatically increasing. I've been in kabul here several days. Talk to a lot of afghans. They're very concerned that the taliban will move into coppell. How likely is that. I understand that concern. It goes back to Trying to understand the security situation Across the country if you go back to what the taliban's objectives are they want to take over and so some point. There's a you know that implies at some point they are in kabul

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US Hands Bagram Airfield to Afghans After Nearly 20 Years

AP News Radio

00:50 sec | 11 months ago

US Hands Bagram Airfield to Afghans After Nearly 20 Years

"After nearly twenty years the U. S. military has left Bagram airfield the epicenter of its war to oust the Taliban and hunt down the al Qaeda perpetrators over the nine eleven terrorist attacks on America two U. S. officials say the airfield is now in its entirety in the hands of the Afghan national security and defense force well one adds the top American commander in Afghanistan general Austin Miller has said Bob Graham still retains all the capabilities on authorities to protect the forces that remain a district administrator says the American departure was done overnight without any coordination with local officials and as a result dozens of local beaches stormed through the unprotected gates before Afghan forces regained control I'm Charles de Ledesma

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"general austin" Discussed on KLBJ 590AM

KLBJ 590AM

05:21 min | 1 year ago

"general austin" Discussed on KLBJ 590AM

"His go to Guy will be infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, who said he appreciates the freedom that he didn't have under the Trump administration. It is somewhat of a liberating feeling. President Biden made it clear the virus won't go away overnight, but insisted he'll do what it takes to beat it. I'm Clayton level it is 5 38, the U. S. Senate's back to work as we hear from reporter Linda Kenyon in its first full day under the control of the Democratic majority, the Senate got down to the business. This of confirming members of President Biden's Cabinet. Pete Buddha, judge, the president's nominee for transportation secretary, testified before the Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee. We need to build our economy back better than ever, and the Department of Transportation can play a central role in this in the full Senate. A waiver was approved shortly after the House did so that would allow retired General Lloyd Austin to serve as defense secretary. Current rules require a former member of the military be separated from that role for seven years. Before seeking to fill the civilian role of defense Secretary General Austin retired just four years ago. At his confirmation hearing earlier this week, he sought to allay any concerns the lawmakers might have over the issue. I was a general and a soldier, and I'm proud of that. But today I appear before you as a citizen, the son of a postal worker and a homemaker from Thomasville, Georgia. And I'm proud of that, too. And if you confirm me, I am prepared to serve now as a civilian, fully acknowledging the importance of this distinction. The full Senate is Expected to vote later today to confirm Austin as defense secretary. Also today, the Senate Finance Committee could vote on the nomination of Janet Yellen to be Treasury secretary and then sent her nomination to the full Senate for confirmation. Meet the work on assembling Biden's Cabinet. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is suggesting postponing former President Trump's impeachment trial until February, Senator McConnell says this would give Trump enough time to mount a defense. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hasn't decided exactly when she will deliver the articles of impeachment, which would then start the impeachment trial. Shortly thereafter. I'll be talking with the managers. As to when the Senate will be ready for the trial of the then president of the United States for his role in instigating an insurrection. As for whether the entire impeachment issue should be set aside, now that Donald Trump is no longer president. I don't think it's very unifying to say Oh, let's just forget it and move on. And she said Trump must answer for his actions. You don't say to a president, do whatever you want in the last months of your administration. You're going to get a get out of jail card free conviction of the now twice impeached former president would prohibit him from ever seeking public office, while the logistics of an impeachment trial are considered. Several Senate Democrats want the ethics committee to launch an investigation of Republican senators Josh Holly and Ted Cruz in connection with the January 6 riot at the Capitol. Linda Kenyan Washington It is 5 41. Austin's homeless policies are failing. Mayor Steve Battler is now saying that what we're doing right now It's not working. Boston's mayor, Steve Adler, tells cakes and the city's efforts and worked to end the local homeless is crisis or not good enough. But he's not saying the city should reinstate the old camping ban. Going back to where we were is the wrong answer, but we need to do better than what we're doing right now, Adler says. The city needs to instead improve re housing efforts, establish real benchmarks and come up with a timeline. So residents note just what is happening and how long the city has to go. John Cooley News radio K L. B J is fine 41 Governor Grant Jab It sends a strong message to cities considering de funding local police. Austin press conference Governor Abbott Cold cities that to fund the police reckless, then told the state Legislature to pass laws to make it fiscally impossible, either fulfill their duty to keep the residents safe or lose access to all of their tax revenue. Next, Abbott took on what he called the state's broken bail system that led to the death of DPS trooper game in our judges. Setting bail must actually look at all of the information in the system before they said that bail that could possibly release a Dangerous criminal back in on the streets. Chris Fox News Radio K. L. B. J, it is 5 42 here on the tide of Don Shawna stay. Weathers got the rush updates that's coming up at 609. You don't wanna miss that here on the freaky fun Friday edition of the Tide of Don show Frankie and we'll take a look at Austin's on time traffic. We've also got our forecast coming up as well. This is interesting. U. S. Capitol Police are investigating reports that a congressman tried to enter the House chambers yesterday with a gun. Republican Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland reportedly tried to bring a gun to work yesterday. The Baltimore Sun reports. Harris never made it into the House chamber because his gun set off the newly installed metal detectors. Capitol police tell the Sun they're looking into the matter. Carmen Roberts. Fox News. Listen to you. She sounds like somebody always carries again. What's the big deal? Listen, an estimated $970 million on the line tonight for the mega Millions drawing. The last mega Millions jackpot winner was crowned on September 15th and the current run is the longest. The game has gone without someone hitting the big prize. 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"general austin" Discussed on KLBJ 590AM

KLBJ 590AM

03:15 min | 1 year ago

"general austin" Discussed on KLBJ 590AM

"Fox News, one of the Jews capital. Rioters back in court this morning in Pennsylvania ordered release with GPS monitoring. Riley June Williams only allowed to leave her house for court hearings accused of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is laptop. FBI agents to say Williams posted about taking the laptop on social media just hours after the attack on the capital. But the Philadelphia Inquirer reports they didn't confirm a tip that she had tried to sell the computer to a Russian spy agency court filing say she also boasted about taking the speaker's gavel, saying, quote they'll never take me alive. Oxus onto J. Powers. President Bible Signed 10 more executive orders today focused on his covert fighting strategy with Airport in airplane mask mandates. President Biden wants to create a public health job corps hiring 100,000 workers, including nurses and covert 19 contact tracers to help fight the pandemic. Fox's Jonathan Serrie the president's also gonna restore funding to the World Health Organization, cut off by a Trump order. One of the Democrats president buying defeated on the road to the White House may soon join his Cabinet as transportation secretary. I will work every day to make sure the department meets its mission. Of ensuring safety. Cable outages Senate confirmation hearing a short time ago. Another nominee also has to clear the House clauses. Rachel Sutherland explains Live Dave a waiver allowing General Lloyd Austin, a service Pentagon chief will be could go before the House for a vote. It's current law requires military members to be separated from active duty for seven years before becoming defense secretary. General Lawson acknowledged by partisan concerns, but added. Safety and security of our democracy demands competent civilian control of our armed forces. The subordination of military power to the civil. They said It also needs to pass a waiver and confirm General Austin before we can take the job, Dave America's listening to Fox News His radio K O. B. J on Patrick Osborne. This news brought to buy advance pain care challenges so far to Governor Abbotts Covert 19 executive order have not been successful. Both Austin and El Paso wound up getting sued for it. But in San Marcus, there is discussion about going against the governor's order anyway. Councilman Maxfield Baker's among the loudest proponents letter at the outset of asking the governor Step up and do more for health care in our state, and he did not even write us a letter back there, and a handful of others want many sand markets. Businesses shut down to slow the spread of covert council will talk about it again next month and may ask Hayes County and neighboring cities to join their pushback. Williamson County now has ample time to figure out how to Dole out the remaining $31 million. It has and cares Act money, which could now be used through December 31st. And this week, the county has already approved an increase of up to $8 million for rent and utility assistance. And on Saturday, the central Texas Regional Mobility Authority will activate tolling on the remaining sections of South bound 1 83 Toll Road Last week, CTR may activated tolling on the North bound lanes and next month holding will be activated on the flyover connecting to Highway 71. I have 69 degrees today on Patrick Osborne Get Austin News on demand at news radio. K l b j dot com Market Millet at Lowe's just for Pros event Now through January 29th you'll find deals on your go to brands like HD TV HOME.

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"general austin" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York

Bloomberg Radio New York

01:51 min | 1 year ago

"general austin" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York

"He will be confirmed that we ought to as a general proposition. Look for individuals to lead the Department of Defense who have been out of uniform for a long time. But general Austin brings Great deal of experience in the Middle East. I known personally extremely well. He's rock solid professional. He will be confirmed. We need to get the new team in place across the board as quickly as possible. The next 13 days. They're gonna be dangerous for this country until we do interviews. Thank you so much. It means to be this, of course, with Among others, the Carlyle Group. I can't say enough about his books. Maybe it's a good time after what we saw yesterday to look at his leaders, Bookshop bookshelf. Rather, it was a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful set of about 50 books from people like General Austin is well, Paul. Your observation and what you observe yesterday. We never talked about it. Did we know just obviously just very, very upsetting. There's so many levels here that need to be addressed here as it relates to The lack of security there and you're kind of what is going to be the fall out for those that did you no trespass into the capital. And then how will that be followed up and it was just So many levels disturbing, But the good news is they're the Congress was able to reconvene and do the business. And here we are the next day with peaceful transfer of power. I believe it was 3:44 a.m. that we saw the speaker of the Senate vice president Pence gaveled down and The celebration, noting vice President Pence and Speaker Pelosi together almost an opposite of the state of the union. As they move up the aisle and out of the chamber, a zey were greeted on the floor of 24. Right now on futures down, Futures up 145. I believe the market opens in four minutes..

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"general austin" Discussed on The 3-1 Collapse

The 3-1 Collapse

09:03 min | 1 year ago

"general austin" Discussed on The 3-1 Collapse

"He's done a good job of keep in can kind of pick him from different pools of talent and ideological standings. So he's not picking without a just like him as not picking overly progressive of cabinet. Because i know he actually. These people confirmed through the senate in a senate skews a lot more conservative than a lot of people may think the fact that he's kind of kind of picking people that are both qualified to the exception of mayor in other in other people that are like you know culturally I is nice I think it's interesting that you mentioned the secretary of defense. 'cause i know there is a sometime. I think there's a role or something where a lot of times they want. The secretary of defense to be instantly life for at least seven years ago and you can get a a waiver to To to not do that basically Pick someone that hasn't been in public life as as that long and i know trump did a. It's only been done three times. I think trump did it in his last term in two others. Did it before him. I think maybe the third or fourth one and it's interesting that he went he basically took the took. What trump didn't kind kinda take someone that hasn't been in public life that long so i'm curious to see why he did that but i guess i trust suggestions. Maybe he had a good reason for it and then deb holland is probably like my favorite nomination. So far i think she was perfect for the role. She's a native american. She knows the interior deals with the birmingham indian affairs and do federal land. I think that her her stances in positions and which she fights for is a good is going to be a good refresh for the interior department. I wonder for a general austin. I i from what i've seen. He's pretty well liked. Bipartisan lead. But i wonder if having a general let has been not in public life that long a requirement is seven years allies. You need a waiver. It was skeptical when mattis was first nominated under the trump cabinet and that he was also needing a waiver to take the position. I wonder if it's a good standing. The biden administration. Does that doesn't have such a a more citizens. I on the military and more of industrialized military complex like a lot of progressives are worried about and then off of dep- holland. I think that is also my favorite pick. I think it really. We really have an opportunity to Mander relationship that has been tarnished for centuries just given her ethnicity and worst comes true and what she's been through and now to be given the position that she's been giving given is a really a testament to her ability but also an eye that the administration has on really trying to mend that relationship. Like i said. And i think given that the president has an admiration for andrew. Jackson has said he's looked up to view. Some has a role model I think it's kind of just a nice little punch in the face there. I think both these picks are probably on some of the stronger cabinet. Picks here because like hundred was saying Secretary of defense. Pick bipartisan support. I think retired generals like on one hand like most of like neo libs neo conservatives are like pretty comfortable with these sorts of picks because they're like okay they're going to continue the status quo with military operations and shaking things up but on the other hand you have a lot of people who are very anti interventionist who always worry when people who have like our generals who've been military life for awhile go to these positions because obviously if you're working in military industry your whole life you probably like You probably do want to continue interventionist policy to a degree. I don't think all policies of intervention are necessarily equal. Because i think there are some areas in the middle east help someone we can probably pull out of but on terms of how he's going to change things. I don't really think there's going to be much change. I think A biden foreign policy is probably gonna be pretty similar to an obama foreign policy. And on if i'm i i have no reason so far to believe anything differently and I possibly maybe. They'll try to get back in the iran deal. But i don't think that's really hinged on this pick but we'll see as for the interior pick i. I don't know too much about on the person pick for this position in general but on it does seem like a good pick from an image perspective that he picked a native american. Because you know by as about human the sola the nation and all that seems like a pretty good way. He'll soul the nation in terms of that I trust that the pick on that. She's qualified for the position because otherwise he's gonna get criticism from that front because obviously conservatives love criticizing democrats based off of picking people based off of on their diversity qualifications rather than their What they've done. But i imagine that biden being being a moderate isn't going to pick somebody who Well actually i take that back. Because of pete but i trust that this pick is a better because it hasn't been getting the same heat that the peak things been getting but i know very little about either of these figures in particular so i don't wanna talk to my death but overall i think these are fairly strong based off of what i do now. I like the pick for secretary of co clearly biden was going for diversity and if he was going for for diversity there's really no better man for the job of secretary defense. There's only been six african american four star generals in the history of this country. And general austin is one of them and let's not forget that the military is going to be distributing covid nineteen vaccine and austin oversaw the biggest logistical operation in a hundred thousand troops from iraq. So clearly often does have a sense of how logistics works. And you'll be able. That will be able to smooth the transition of power between the current secretary of defense. And austin and i think i think it was a great pick and as far as the secretary of the interior. I don't know too much about her either but said by wants a he'll solve nation taking a native american woman to oversee relations between native americans. And the rest of the country in in federal and native american land reserves. Seems like good pick. i i you know. I agree with you guys. I think the optics of debt holland as secretary of the interior is great In an in an attempt to heal the country and at least one of our a black is From our history. I also think. General austin is a tremendous pick It a he you don't you don't easily become a four star general And especially to be a four star general of color in a in a history where. He's the sex four-star general of color for the army is It's a it's a good. It's a good pick on. He's continuing on his. The biden is continuing on his campaign. Promise to diversify the government in heavy more representative of the american people There is one notable absence in of in biden's cabinet He has yet to name an attorney. General it's the last biggest at this point right now. It's the last biggest empty position. I think he still needs to. Name a secretary of commerce secretary of labor but obviously the attorney general especially on with all these rumors that there might be federal indictment of from once he leaves office is an important position. i guess you know this question's gonna be twofold. I hugely think. I y is is biden waiting till the last possible moment to to fill the spy in second. Hugh de think is is an option for the attorney general Yeah so i. I'll be honest..

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"general austin" Discussed on KSFO-AM

KSFO-AM

05:52 min | 1 year ago

"general austin" Discussed on KSFO-AM

"Twitter at Jimbo Talks, Joe Biden has announced his pick to be Pentagon chief. But Sugg Armajani reports. It's a person with a problem. Biden has tabbed retired Army General Lloyd Austin, who would be the first black defense secretary. Ah, man by then says America's troops love its enemies, Fear and its allies respect. He is the right person for this job. At the right moment. But some Senate Democrats have been against naming recently retired officers to be the Pentagon's chief like with Jim Mattis in 2017, they may have to reverse themselves to support Austin, who says he's now a civilian leader with a deep appreciation. In reverence for the prevailing wisdom. Civilian control of our military, noting he went four years ago from being general lost in two now. Just Lloyd Austin Soccer Megane Washington. So we will talk about that in this portion of the program with Gil Barn Dollar, a fellow at the Defense Priorities website defense priorities dot organ, the military fellow in residence at the Catholic University of America's Center for the Study of Statesmanship and Gil. Thank you for being with us tonight. Good to join you. This this whole notion. As we noted, with with Jim Mattis, President Trump's nominee to be defense secretary, there was a waiver approved. Certainly it is. Very desirable that there be civilian control of the military. Of course, the the commander in chief is a civilian, but we've always gone too deep with a civilian. Uh, defense Secretary and even beyond that, of course, civilian secretaries of the Army and the Navy and air Force, But despite that the idea is that you should stay, I guess at least at least three deep. Uh, I don't recall that it was that big A deal with Jim Mattis got a waiver. Is it that big A deal for this individual? I don't think it's gonna be a huge deal for General Austin. There's some people you know. Jack Reid in the Senate is a guy who stands out a former paratrooper himself, who come out pretty strongly, you know, previously and said they were Opposed to the waiver or we're going to make a one time exception for General Mattis. I think back then people you know when, when Jeremiah's has confirmed a zoo President Trump's first defense secretary, I think there was a You know, Mattis was a big was a big, well known kind of personality, almost a military celebrity of sorts, You know, maybe near kind of general traces level in that regard, and there was a sense he was, You know, I'd buy bars and respect and the scene is kind of adult in the room with a The president coming in with no governing experience and no foreign policy experience, so they're equipped to grant him a waiver. This may be a little more of a discussion of back and forth. But now that the You know, no gentleman is kind of broke that norm, which had really been employees will meet with only one exception with George Marshall. Hey, it's gonna be hard for people to turn around and say Well, now we can't justify this one, you know? I don't. I don't anticipate that being a being a stumbling blocks. It's gonna It's gonna hold his confirmation. I would I would have to wonder if, in fact it would and again, given what, regardless of the outcome Of the Georgia Senate run offs. January The fifth will still be very closely divided US Senate For that matter. The House is very closely divided as well. It would seem that There would be a tendency for Democrats to pull together this one. In fact, speaking of the political process, I don't recall hearing any Republicans having taken the position. On the potential of nomination of Lloyd Austin. Yeah, it's been pretty muted. I've seen a few folks further down the food chain. Um, my Gallagher in the house there came out sort of against itches, E. I mean, you know he didn't have any real say but They're They're people that wanted, Maura. They, um more specific focus More of more of a China focus and General Austin coming up through the army and being, you know, Middle East focus guy throughout his career and his deployments would you expect from someone his generation? Uh, Doesn't really fit that mold. So you've never been some little stuff there, but I haven't seen any senators taking a strong stand on that. I think as your focused pretty tightly on Georgia right now, in terms of the whole notion of a quote China focus. I mean, that's pretty much more of something to be of the concern of the Let's say the secretary of state, would it not be or someone handling issues of of trade or related issues. Inasmuch as we haven't actually thought the Chinese now since 1953 and there are no immediate prospects for doing so, a little granted, the Chinese and the United States have Have been semi belligerent of times, at least in terms of rhetoric. I'm not sure that a lack of a China focus on the part of Lloyd Austin necessarily would affect his performance as defense secretary should he be confirmed. Well, I think you do hold only after they have to make trade offs and have to decide how to use the resource of this country. In the resource is we allocate the national defense right? And I think that, um you know, there's some revealing marks. By General Milley, who's Who's going to be? You know the outgoing chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, but soon I think, but I don't really even you know again. Who's a guy? Like what? General Lawson for me, you know, infantry officer and came up in a lot of time in wars and Greater Middle East. He came out pre flatly said it at the visit A U. S Naval Institutes defense form a few days ago, said he doesn't expect the defense body to grow and said pretty openly for you know for former Army general despite its current position. He said. The Navy needs to take priority you're gonna have to make real cuts would ultimately secretary defense plays a big role in that and helping to determine the administration's priorities..

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Biden eyes Obama administration veterans for White House Cabinet

Skullduggery

01:02 min | 1 year ago

Biden eyes Obama administration veterans for White House Cabinet

"A lot of talk about. But let's start out david with biden's cabinet picks To takeaways occur to me a number one is. There's a lot of Reshuffling of the deck of the obama administration here. We just learned today that dennis mcdonough who was obama's chief of staff is going to be the secretary susan. Rice who is obama's national security adviser is going to be domestic policy chief in the biden white house but also another takeaway is This is into a trickier exercise than i suspect. The people were hoping for Starting with pick this week of general austin to be defense secretary already pushback from democrats who are very wary of another waiver for a military officer to become the civilian head of the

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For Air Force Leader, Making Video On Racism He's Faced Was 'The Right Thing To Do'

Morning Edition

07:13 min | 1 year ago

For Air Force Leader, Making Video On Racism He's Faced Was 'The Right Thing To Do'

"General Lloyd Austin is confirmed as the next secretary of defense, He'll be the first African American to hold that position. His nomination comes as the U. S military, like much of the rest of the country is grappling with issues of race after the killing of George Floyd and the protests that followed. Which brings us to another general Charles Que Brown. Over the summer, he became the first African American to lead a branch of the U. S military. He is the chief of staff for the Air Force. As his confirmation hung in the balance. General Brown chose to speak out about George Floyd's death, even if it cost him his promotion. Here's an excerpt from that video message released in July when he was still Pacific Air Force's commander. Think about how awful I am with emotion, not just for George Floyd. But the many African Americans that have suffered the same fate as George Boyd. I'm thinking about protests in my country. Tis of thee sweet Land of liberty. Equality expressing Arctic exploration of independence and the Constitution that I've sworn my adult life to support the fan. Thinking about a history of racial issues in my own experiences that didn't always sing of liberty and equality. I asked General Brown why he needed to deliver that message. I talked to one of our sons. Who was he went to Washington Mercy in ST Louis s O. His freshman year was Ferguson. And so he experienced that. And then he lives here in Washington, D. C and he He called us and he was. He was kind of struggling. With Things were going on. And so, um He asked me in the conversation. Hey, Hey, Dad. What is specific Air force is going to say, and as a commander, Pacific Air forces That was kind of code to me of Dad. What are you going to say? So on Tuesday, when I confirmation didn't come through. I was committed, then that discordant and do the video. And so was my own personal experiences, but, you know, thinking about her two sons. And their experiences and so that actually was what got me to do it. Did you tell your superiors Uh, no. I felt like, you know. I got to a point where because of talking to my son. I thought it was the right thing to do. You are now the highest ranking African American in the U. S. Military. How do you use that position to make it So the younger version of yourself isn't the only one in the room. How do you Increase opportunities for air men and women of color. Rachel. I think it's about being a role model. It's about how I carry myself on a day to day basis so that those that They're more dinner to make can can look up and see somebody they want to aspire to be, like, ideally, so what actions will be necessary? I mean, it's one thing to be unexamined well to be a role model, and that's important. But what changes what policy changes do you think need to be made? I mean, is I understand that there was an inspector general report. Looking into how racism could affect promotions in the Air Force, and hundreds of thousands of our men and women were also surveyed about diversity issues. What actions do those results point to The data actually shows that you know there are areas where based on What career feels ERM and go into made either help or hurt their opportunity to rise to more senior ranks. And so it's how we pay attention to recruiting in placing Eman of diverse backgrounds and specific career feels It's also looking at someone requires. We have a career Phyllis to understand. Do they have some type of barrier that we have not paid attention to? Because that's the way it's always been. The other thing we were also looking to do is how do we work in closely managed those of a diverse background and what I mean by that is just really take a look at the opportunities to prepare them for those positions to consider them. For positions and not make it just the situation. We hope it all works out, but it takes purposeful leadership in engagement to ensure that we are actually bringing the best. For all over me. There are more than 12,000 active duty pilots in the Air Force, according to data compiled by McClatchy News Service on Lee. About a dozen of them are black women. Do you see that as a problem? Do you only aspire to what you've been exposed to? You know, sometimes we might self eliminate just because we don't think we're qualified. So one of the areas that we have an air force is looking at is how do we provide more exposure? To young African Americans. Women really across the board. That? Yes, you could do this. And here's what it takes to get there I often say is We all need to ask what we wanna be able to. The worst air force can do is tell, you know, but if you don't ask, we can't say yes. So we want to put those that want to be part of our air force in a position where we can say yes. Let me ask you about this current moment in our political history in this country, the transition between one administration and another is actually critical to the national security. Are you convinced that the current civilian leadership at the Pentagon is committed to a smooth and responsible transfer of power? I think we're all working to a smooth transition of power. Both civilian and military and the Our job is to maintain our national security. And no matter who which administration our community chief we have, and that's that's my job as a service chief is a joint chief, and our goal is to make sure that we don't have a Any type of security incident in a peaceful transition of power like we've found throughout our history. You have any concerns that there would be? I mean, is it going to plan right now? The transition from your perspective. E think are now securities and is in is Not being threat right now, but realize that also that We're always we don't we have one side of the boat and the other side of the voters are our adversaries, and that's something as a as a service season, 25 play close attention to what the other joint chiefs to ensure that We have a good sense of what's going on around the world as well. Let me ask about the man who could become The next secretary of defense, retired army General Lloyd Austin. I assume you've You've come across one another once or twice. What's he like? Is the leader. He's a strong leader. I think he's decisive. I I enjoyed working for him and he listens. Which I think is an important aspect as a leader, and he's willing to take input from those around him. If confirmed, General Austin will join you in making history this year by becoming the first African American to lead the Department of Defense. What will it mean to you and your serviceman to see him sworn into that job? I think for any one of a diverse black man. When you see someone who rises to a key position, you take a bit of pride in it. You appreciate it, and it also opens an opportunity that where you now think about your own career path, there's opportunities of the head. Chief of staff of the Air Force. General Charles Que Brown, Jr. Thank you

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Biden introduces his pick to lead Defense Department

CNN Political Briefing

02:00 min | 1 year ago

Biden introduces his pick to lead Defense Department

"President-elect biden announced general. Lloyd austin as his pick for defense secretary which would make him the first black man to lead. The pentagon biden is also expected to nominate ohio congresswoman marcia fudge to run housing and urban development and former agriculture secretary. Tom vilsek to reprise his role of running. That department one takeaway here is that there is clearly a pattern form with biden's picks either a commitment to diversity with fudge and austin or experienced hand. Who can step in and do the job right away like with vilsek but there was another constant in violence picks a personal connection with the newly minted nominees biden serve with ville sack in the obama administration and has discussed how he met general austin while on trips afghanistan as vice president and continue to work with them today. It's my great honor. Really is an honor to add to my national security team leader of extraordinary courage character experience an accomplishment in a man who i've seen some of the or interesting parts of the world with vice president someone with whom i have worked closely for many years and i've seen perform the highest standards under intense pressure. Now that's not to say austin won't phase hurdles as we discussed yesterday. Some democratic senators like elizabeth. Warren are already signaling that they oppose granting austin the needed waiver for him to serve as defense secretary but just as important to biden is the fact. That austin had a relationship with his late son bo. He was both commanding officer in iraq and attended mass with the president's son. A relationship with bo was also a factor in biden's comma harris for vice president. All of these factors including the consideration of a personal relationship are at play in biden's last major cabinet. Pick to make attorney general. Cnn is reporting that senator. Doug jones judge merrick garland and sally. Yates are the top contenders with jones. Being the front runner

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Biden introduces his choice for defense secretary, Lloyd Austin

WTOP 24 Hour News

01:47 min | 1 year ago

Biden introduces his choice for defense secretary, Lloyd Austin

"President elect Joe Biden once retired general Lloyd Austin to be his defense secretary, not A post he sought. I sought him. Austin would be the first African American to serve in the position. But could his nomination face some trouble in the Senate and joining us live from Capitol Hill? Double d. T. O p. S Mitchell Miller. Mitch General Austin is very well respected. So why are there questions about whether the Senate would confirm it? Well, Shawn and Hillary. It goes back to the history of the defense secretary being in a civilian position, and the so called seven year rule that if a military officer is tapped for that position, they need to have been retired from the military for at least that long. Austin retired four years ago after a distinguished military career of more than 40 years and included a major command in Iraq. Tenure is the head of the U. S. Central Command. But several lawmakers say it's important to maintain a civilian in that position. The ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rhode Island Jack Reed had given in on a waiver for General James Mattis under President. Trump said he wouldn't support one in the future. He is now wrestling with this. Others have said they'll oppose the waiver, including senators Elizabeth Warren Richard Blumenthal, who's on the Armed Services Committee and Jon Tester of Montana. But if the House and the Senate grant a waiver, which they both have to do, he'll likely still have plenty of votes to be confirmed. Hey, Mitch, who are the other potential candidates? Lawmakers might have preferred to Austin. Well, one of them would have been the first woman to serve as defense secretary Michelle Florida who's held various positions at the Pentagon and is very well respected. The House Armed Services Committee chair Adam Smith made it clear she was his first choice. Another candidate who had been talked about a lot was former Homeland Security Secretary Jay Johnson. But Biden is said to be very comfortable with Austin as his

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"general austin" Discussed on KSFO-AM

KSFO-AM

06:55 min | 1 year ago

"general austin" Discussed on KSFO-AM

"And Getty Show last one is not about politics. It's about people and that's what I keep trying to say. Um I don't blame good girl Productions or whoever was filming there like the entertainment industry has been decimated. They need to work, you know, but small businesses. We are Destitute. You mean we're looking at something worse than the great Depression? And most of us were basically on our last breath and they shut us down again. I did everything right. I had Temperature checks. I had gloves. I had shields. I was outdoors. My tables were 7 ft apart. I mean, I went above and beyond. And I spent 60, the $80,000 doing everything that they wanted. Wow. Angela Marching who owns the Pineapple Bar and Grill, and she was told she had to shut down outside dining for no good reason. Then comes back from Ironically, getting some money for her. For employee who's given our final paychecks. Yeah, and comes back and finds out. I am a movie Shoot had set up just steps away from a restaurant and they were dining. Yeah, but they were allowed to do that. But she was shut down. Yeah. And Eric Garcetti and the Barbara Fairer or whatever. Her name is the idiot Health Lady in L. A. They just have no sense of the reality of American business or small business. And I'm looking at this, Uh Scott Morrow, Who's the head guy in San Mateo County in the Sacramento or I'm sorry, the San Francisco Bay area and some of the things he's saying. And this guy, I'm so Glad there's somebody like this. Who says I'm aware of no data that some of the business activities on watch on which even greater restrictions are being put into place. In this new order are the major drivers of transmission. In fact, I think he's greater restrictions are likely to drive more activity indoors, a much riskier endeavor. Well, I don't have scientific evidence to support this. I also believe these greater restrictions will result in more job lost more hunger, more despair and desperation. Um the structure of our economy is for the most part. If you don't work you don't eat or have a roof over your head, and it'll cause more deaths from causes other than Cove in and I wonder are these premature deaths and the less worrisome than cova deaths? And then, he says. These new orders make it difficult for schools to open her Stay open, very hard needle to thread the message that everyone must stay at home by strict order, But it's okay for kids to go to school. I continue to strongly believe our schools need to be open. The adverse effects for some of our kids will like less. For generations. Schools have procedures to stay open safely, even during the surge is evidence by data. My earlier statements remained the same. At least there's one same one. Here's to you, Scott. So Joe Biden made his choice for secretary defense, which is one of your big time cabinet positions. The two biggest ones are SEC def. And secretary of State right in Terms of headlines, Health and Human Services has the biggest budget. That's right. We learned that you we learned that on this show, we're harassing Alex Cesar and he just stopped he owned Does he put us in our place? But so it was announced that Joe Biden picked this general Austin and a number of people were surprised that he didn't go with this. Michelle Floren Oy. Who I didn't know Also, uh military, uh, Choice. But she had been writing a lot recently about deterrence in the Pacific and making China think twice and she was kind of an expert in that whole part of the world. And everybody felt that might be the pivot. Where is he comes out of the whole Middle East conflict thing in the Obama administration and has some questionable questionable decisions about Isis in Iraq and various things like that, and his experiences fighting land wars in the Middle East, as opposed to the whole China thing, So there's that well, they say he's the one who gave Obama the idea that Isis was the JV team, right? Obama is quoting him and I and I don't know. Um, I'll take other people's word for it, but I thought this is really interesting from Tim Kearney, who we used to have on all the time writing an opinion piece in the Examiner. Um Dwight Eisenhower made famous the term military industrial complex. Retired General Lloyd Austin is that complex. And I thought, Well, I got my attention. Okay? This is something I completely understand. This is not just your philosophy of war. Whatever. Biden's embraces the military industrial complex over civilian control. Joe Biden's pick for Defense secretary is a decorated soldier, a West Point grad who earned four stars and two advanced degrees amid decades of public service. He's also a revolving door businessman just barely out of the military. As such, he embodies two problems with our governance, the revolving door between industry and government and the subtle erosion of civilian control of the military. Austin serves on the board of Raytheon, having carried over from the board of United Technologies. When the two merged in April. Pre merger Raytheon and United Technologies were number four and number six defense contractors in 2019. Biting for almost $25 billion in military contracts. United Technologies and Raytheon have paid Austin about $1.4 million since 2016 According to the project on government Oversight, Austin joined you tease boards four months after retiring as a four star general in May of 2016. So you go straight from being a general. You retire. Make Seven figures. Sounds like he was about 3 50 a year then Golding and money for sitting on a board and then go right back into the military where you will be recommending decisions on how money is spent, right? Yeah, I can see how that's a troubling thing. Oh, yeah. There's so much money. Eisenhower's Yeah. Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah, And and we and and they're a bit Teflon. I mean, we have a bit of this attitude. Well, the military you know, we always got to support the military in these generals. They're good patriots, and they're only doing the right thing. Always. Eisenhower in his farewell address, who was one of the top generals in our nation's history, and he would know how it works, said of the Western world, by Golly said, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence. Whether sought or unsought by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of a misplaced power exists and will persist. Yeah. Um, that that's something to take a look at. You know the argument on the side of that I've heard many times as well. Of course, they put the retired general who just left on the board. They want the latest knowledge. That exists on on on what is needed so we can provide that to the military..

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"general austin" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

06:50 min | 1 year ago

"general austin" Discussed on KCRW

"Now secretaries of defense by law have to be retired for seven years. When they take the job with me. Now is Jim Goalby. He's been a special adviser to Vice President Biden and Mike Pence. And he also served 20 years in the Army. Good morning, sir. Good morning. Thanks for having me on. We're glad to have you. You wrote a New York Times op Ed, arguing that Austin should not be secretary of defense because he retired to recently. Can you explain the argument there? Yes, it's really has very little to do with General Austin who was a really fine public servant and hopefully will continue to serve our nation it has to do with the president and who will lead our military going forward. Pentagon relies on both civilian and military leadership and the secretary of defense is supposed to be a civilian leader. The chairman of Joint Chiefs is supposed to be the military leader. Why is the secretary of defense supposed to be a civilian? What's the importance of that? So they really have different roles. And you want as secretary defense, someone with really broad perspective and civilian life. They're the person who is responsible for making value and political choices. For managing relationships with White House Congress, other agencies in the government and most importantly, for explaining the administration's policies to the public. That's inherently a partisan and political task. It's not something that we necessarily want military the military to be directly involved him. That's something that we entrust to our civilian leaders. Okay, That's a fair point. So Defense secretary's legally required to have retired from active duty for at least seven years. But worth noting. Congress passed a waiver for President Trump's first defense secretary, Jim Mattis, because he hadn't been retired. All that long. Why shouldn't another waiver be given to General Austin? Well, I don't think the waiver should have been granted. In the last case. Okay. There were a few people who did make the case that they believe since Trump was a threat to constitutional governance that it was warranted to have a steady hand, like Jim Mattis still running the Pentagon to try to balance some of the president's worst tendencies. But in this case, I really do think that it's about the president again. It's nothing to do with Austin personally. But part of the reason we're even having the discussion about whether he should be secretary. Defense is because we broke this president four years ago and would be the second time in four years after not doing so for 65, okay? Joe Biden is aware that people have problems with this choice. He wrote an editorial in the Atlantic defending his pick. He pointed to Austin's military record when he was overseeing Middle East operations for US Central Command, basically saying Experienced leadership is vital. You say the same thing experience leadership is vital. The Pentagon is going to play a role in the cove in 19 response, and in vaccine distribution. All signs point to General Austin is the kind of person we want with the kind of track Record We want May I ask, Who would you like to see the secretary of defense? There were a number of fantastic candidates who are civilians who would not require us to change the wall so it doesn't apply to one person. Michelle Floren Oy was a great candidate who many thought was one of leading came out for the job, as well as Jay Johnson, former Department of Homeland Security director who was also a leading candidate until he announced that he would not join the administration yesterday. Okay. And, lastly, a point that Joe Biden made in this editorial, general Austin would be the first black American to lead the Defense Department. The Pentagon does need diversity at the top. There's been lots of reporting on that. How do you square that one? So again, I think that's why someone like Jay Johnson or Michelle Foreign Oy, who both would have brought diversity would've been. It would've been great choices as well. I think the real question As we look at this is it's a great thing that Americans who couldn't before look up at the secretary of defense and see themselves in that person can now do that in their nominee. It just would have been great if that nominee were another African American like Jay Johnson, or a women leader like Michelle Floren Oy. Do you suspect that General Austin will get that that waiver that he needs from Congress? I think it'll be enough much tougher fight on the hill than it has been for the previous waivers. There've been a number of senators like Senator Jack Reed, who voiced a lot of skepticism, even as they approved the waiver for Mattis, who have sent some mixed signals so far. So I think it'll be a tough fight, but I think in the end it will probably be be a close past for Lloyd Austin. Jim Kolbe was a special adviser to Vice President Biden and Mike Pence. Thank you so much, sir. Thank you. Yesterday was an emotional day filled with a lot of relief for people in the United Kingdom, the nation began distributing a covert 19 vaccine. As we reported yesterday, 90 year old grandmother, Margaret Keenan made history as the first to be given the vaccine. Mm hmm. She thought it was a joke when the hospital staff told her she'd be the first. But Keenan, who turns 91 next week, said it was basically the best birthday present ever. At the moment it under how I feel. It's just Just so strange and so wonderful. Ready? Yes, sir. This is for a good cause. So I'm so pleased to have it done. Healthcare workers were also among those to receive the shot. Matthew Morgan is an intensive care unit doctor in Wales. He spoke to NPR's all things considered, and described his feeling of the hospital. Subpoena a nod mood in many ways. It's kind of a combination of feeling proud, hopeful but also realistic, and I say, proud because it was 38 weeks to the day. That we admitted the first critically ill patient with Cove into our ICU on. It's remarkable to think that in less than the duration of the pregnancy 38 weeks, we now have gone from that. Actually having a vaccine, And that's a remarkable achievement for science for medicine and humanity. Really another vaccine e. Aubrey Bass, who is 96 years old, he talked to the BBC about his very bad year its brain. The worst year Bala I'm sorry. Oh, my black dyed, it barks, so speed very bad. Bass has been isolating since then, and he's been very lonely. So when he got the call, asking if you wanted to be vaccinated, he was over the moon, and he's now looking forward to hopefully seeing his two great grandchildren next.

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"general austin" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

06:00 min | 1 year ago

"general austin" Discussed on KCRW

"The chairman of Joint Chiefs is supposed to be the military leader. Why is the secretary of defense supposed to be a civilian? What's the importance of that? So they really have different roles. And you want as secretary defense, someone with really broad perspective in civilian life. They're the person who is responsible for making value and political choices. For managing relationships with White House Congress, other agencies in the government and, most importantly, for explaining the administration's policies to the public. That's inherently a partisan and political task. It's not something that we necessarily want military the military to be directly involved him. That's something that we entrust to our civilian leaders. Okay, That's a fair point. So Defense Secretary's legally required to have retired from active duty for at least seven years, but Worth, noting Congress passed a waiver for President Trump's first defense secretary, Jim Mattis, because he hadn't been retired. All that long. Why shouldn't another waiver be given to General Austin? Well, I don't think the waiver should have been granted. In the last case. Okay. There were a few people who did make the case that they believe since Trump was a threat to constitutional governance that it was warranted to have a steady hand, like Jim Mattis still running the Pentagon to try to balance some of the president's worst tendencies. But in this case, I really do think that it's about the president again. It's nothing to do with Austin personally. But part of the reason we're even having the discussion about whether he should be secretary. Defense is because we broke this president four years ago and would be the second time in four years after not doing so for 65, okay? Joe Biden is aware that people have problems with this choice. He wrote an editorial in the Atlantic defending his pick. He pointed to Austin's military record when he was overseeing Middle East operations for US Central Command, basically saying Experienced leadership is vital. You say the same thing experience leadership is vital. The Pentagon is going to play a role in the cove in 19 response, and in vaccine distribution. All signs point to General Austin is the kind of person we want with the kind of track Record We want May I ask, Who would you like to see the secretary of defense? There were a number of fantastic candidates who are civilians who would not require us to change the wall so it doesn't apply to one person. Michelle Foreign Oil was a great candidate who many thought was one of leading came out for the job, as well as Jay Johnson, former Department of Homeland Security director who was also a leading candidate until he announced that he would not join the administration yesterday. Okay. And, lastly, a point that Joe Biden made in this editorial, general Austin would be the first black American to lead the Defense Department. The Pentagon does need diversity at the top. There's been lots of reporting on that. How do you square that one? So again, I think that's why someone like Jay Johnson or Michelle Foreign Oy, who both would have brought diversity would've been. It would've been great choices as well. I think the real question As we look at this is it's a great thing that Americans who couldn't before look up at the secretary of defense and see themselves in that person can now do that in their nominee. It just would have been great if that nominee were another African American like Jay Johnson or a women leader like Michelle Floren. Oy, do you suspect that General Austin will get that that waiver that he needs from Congress? I think it'll be enough much tougher fight on the hill than it has been for the previous waivers. There've been a number of senators like Senator Jack Reed, who voiced a lot of skepticism, even as they approved the waiver for Mattis. Who have sent some mixed signals so far, eh? So I think it'll be a tough fight, but I think in the end, it will probably be be a close past for Lloyd Austin. Jim Kolbe was a special adviser to Vice President Biden and Mike Pence. Thank you so much, sir. Thank you. Yesterday was an emotional day filled with a lot of relief for people in the United Kingdom, the nation began distributing a covert 19 vaccine. As we reported yesterday, 90 year old grandmother, Margaret Keenan made history as the first to be given the vaccine. Yeah, she thought it was a joke when the hospital staff told her she'd be the first. But Keenan, who turns 91 next week, said it was basically the best birthday present ever. At the moment it on the heart feel it's just Just so strange and so wonderful. Really? Yes. Oh, This is for a good cause. So I'm so pleased to have it done. Healthcare workers were also among those to receive the shot. Matthew Morgan is an intensive care unit doctor in Wales. He spoke to NPR's all things considered, and described his feeling of the hospital. Subpoena a nod mood in many ways. It's kind of a combination of feeling proud, hopeful but also realistic, and I say, proud because it was 38 weeks to the day. That we admitted the first critically ill patient with covert to our ICU on. It's remarkable to think that in less than the duration of the pregnancy 38 weeks, we now have gone from that. Actually having a vaccine, And that's a remarkable achievement for science for medicine and humanity. Really another vaccine e. Aubrey Bass, who is 96 years old, he talked to the BBC about his very bad year its brain. The worst year Bala I'm sorry. My black tie it bonds so speed very bad. Bass has been isolating since then, and he's been very lonely. So when he got the call, asking if you wanted to be vaccinated, he was over the moon, and he's now looking forward to hopefully seeing his two great grandchildren.

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Biden announces new cabinet nominees

BBC World Service

01:03 min | 1 year ago

Biden announces new cabinet nominees

"Marsha Fudge to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack is being tapped for agriculture Secretary as NPR's Giles Snyder reports by this expected to formally introduce retired General Lloyd Austin today. As his nominee for secretary of Defense. General Austin would be the nation's first black defense secretary. But there are concerns in Congress about maintaining civilian control of the military. Jim Mattis four years ago, Austin will need a congressional waver because he has not been out of the military for the required seven years measure designed to ensure civilian oversight at the Pentagon. Austin could also come under criticism for his post retirement service on corporate boards, including the weapons maker Raytheon Technologies. Resident he, like Biden is already making the case for why Austin should be confirmed by the Senate. Writing in the Atlantic, Biden said Awesome would work to put the civil military balance back on track. Kyle Snyder. NPR news More than 15 Million Covert 19 cases have been confirmed in the

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"general austin" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

07:12 min | 1 year ago

"general austin" Discussed on KQED Radio

"With the world. Thank you for being with us this Tuesday. Retired four star Army General Lloyd Austin. Third is reportedly Joe Biden's pick for secretary of defense. If confirmed, he'll be the first black man to leave the Pentagon. General Lawson has served in some of the highest ranking positions in the U. S military that includes overseeing U. S operations in the Middle East from 2013 to 16. Firm or on his record. We're joined now. By James Step three days, former NATO Supreme allied commander and a retired Navy Admiral James of readers who worked with the General Lloyd Austin for years, you know him personally. Tell us more about him and your experience working with him. Well, I've known him since we were if you will. Colonel's together. I was a Navy captain. He was a Army colonel back in the Pentagon about 25 years ago. I know him. Well, he's quiet. He's understated. He's extremely professionally confident. He has an unimpeachable combat record, including being a recipient of the Silver Star fought in the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq commanded at every level up to the four star command of our troops in Iraq, So he's someone who combines a superb Calm, steady personality with terrific operational credentials with a real sense of policy perspective. I think he's a good choice. Is there a story you remember that could give us a picture of the type of military leader. He is and will be once when we were both four star officers. It was in Baghdad and we were in a conference room and there were a couple explosions out of the compound. But still they felt very close to this navy admiral. And I kind of hopped up and Lloyd just kind of was very steady and very still there, and we just continued on the conversation. He's someone who's very common to fire. So if he's confirmed, as I said, General, Austin will be the first African American secretary defense. How significant is that for the U. S military and what impact you think that could have? I think it's significant principally because today the U. S military is about 40% for 0% minorities. It is a very multi racial institution, and so to put someone from a minority community in the civilian leadership position, I think is very significant and will be very well received by the force. Admiral. When you spoke about General Lawson's record, you mentioned his service in both Iraq and Afghanistan later, becoming the commanding general of U. S forces interact so staying in the Middle East. Notably, there was a hearing in 2015 on Combating Isis and the late Senator John McCain Press General Austin on the U. S role in Syria since the fighting there began. Where did General Lawson stand on Syria? At the time, and where does he stand today? My recollection is that General Austin supported the mission felt as though our troops were having real effect in reducing the strength of the Islamic state and advocated for maintaining a modest level of forces at the time we had A few 1000 troops in and around Syria and commensurate number in Iraq. Since he has gotten out of the military. He has not been public. In his view. If I were going to hazard a guess I would guess that he would be broadly speaking supportive of low numbers of US deployments to support indigenous forces. And allied troops in the fight against the Islamic state in Syria and Iraq and the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan. A proposed Pentagon budget of $740 billion. If you asked General Lawson, do you think he would say three quarters of a trillion dollars is too much? Not enough for just right. I think he'll say it's about right. And I think he will also say, but I need to get into the Pentagon list up the hood of the car. Really take a look at it. And see if we need all of that, or if we need some or or if it is just about right. But my guess is his intuition will be that the nation is reasonably well defended at that level, and frankly, I would suspect we're going to end up with flat defense budgets going forward in a bind Administration. Admiral. Fewer advising the General Lawson as he steps into the position of Secretary of defense. Assuming he's confirmed. What would you tell him? What should his priorities be? I think you nailed one, which is the budget number two. Afghanistan, Iraq Syria troop levels. How do we conclude these forever wars But do it in a way that doesn't simply collapse? Everything we've accomplished and number three? And finally, I would say Lloyd. You haven't served significantly in the Pacific. You need to surround yourself with some very talented people who really understand the Pacific because the competition and God forbid conflict with China. Will be significant issues that you'll have to deal with his secretary of defense. James Stavridis is a retired Navy admiral and former NATO Supreme allied commander. Thank you very much pleasure, Marco. For another perspective on President elect Biden's choice to leave the Pentagon. We reached out to Rosa Brooks. She's a co founder of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security. Hi Rosa is General Lloyd Austin. The right choices. Pentagon chief Oh, I don't think so. You know, he's a terrific Lee. Impressive man. He's got an amazing military record. But I think it's a mistake for Biden to choose a general who's so recently retired that he is barred by congressional statute from serving. There's a law that requires that retired military officers to have been out. Of the military for seven years before they're eligible to serve as secretary of defense, And that law does have a provision for a waiver and the last person who received a waiver was General James Mattis under Trump in 2017, But this would be the second wave and four years it only the third waver in history. You know, Despite his personal qualities, this sense the wrong message in terms of civil military balance. So what is the rationale behind that seven year pause law? And why do you argue that civilian leadership is so important that the Defense Department the purpose of this seven year cooling off period that Congress required was to say Okay. Military leaders have incredible skills go out in the civilian world shake off some of the ingrained habits learned the civilian culture after seven years, then you can go back in and you might make a great secretary of defense but as a general rule, putting someone in when they have not completed that cooling off period. Risks messing up the civil military balance, and I think you know, I think right now we've got, you know, really. The civilian side of the Defense Department has just been decimated under Trump, and I think this would be a moment if there's ever a moment to try to restore some balance. Rather than go with another retired general..

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"Tom Sullivan. Yep. So we all have. We're all gonna have labels on his. I thought we were getting past it. Maybe that's why I, um I'm concerned about all this. We haven't. We haven't talked about the secretary of defense pick, but I hear Mike in Quincy wants to talk about that. I mike. Thanks for waiting. Welcome. You're on the Tom Sullivan show. It's a larger stake with Thank you, Tom. I have I have a question. You know, I think General Austin is the highway respected man, very educated, very qualified. But I fear if he had been a Republican appointee, he wouldn't have a chance. Because he is on the board of raking on The largest defense contractor, right. Right. I Um I don't know. I mean, as far as I thought, I thought you were going to go down the road of the fact that he's a general, and there's a lot of even Democrats that are coming out that are very upset about the fact. That There is supposed to be a civilian head off the Defense Department and they made unexceptional for General Mattis. General made an extension for General Marshall. Oh, uh, You know your history better than I do so Yeah. I mean, General Austin. Um You graduated from West Point? 41 years in service. Had. But there's also people that are griping because he's the guy who told Barack Obama Don't worry about Isis there Junior varsity, so he's gonna have I mean, 41 years of service. You're going to make some Mistake's, but Well, you know, I think was racy on Tom is I remember the brouhaha about Dick Cheney and Halliburton. Oh, yeah. Good point. I did not know that General Austin was was he's on the radio on board. Yes, he is. I, um As you know. If you are a Military officer. And you like living in the Washington D. C area. You are going to get a job. With a military contractor. Or I mean beyond their board or be an executive at a at a contractor because you know who to call. Not only do you talk the language, but you probably served with some person that's now in charge of procurement. And so you could do a deal. Um, well, I'm sure You think that will be enough for the Republican Senate? If there is a Republican Senate to turn him down. No, I don't believe the Republican Senate would, But it's like I said, if he was a Republican appointee to Democrats, would you? Oh, yeah. Well. There was a woman, Um What's your person in Florida Way who was the front runner? And she's a considerable Yeah Michelle, Florida and she's apparently described as the hawk and she was on Booz Allen's board. Another big consulting firm, Very prominent one. And so I don't know if you're gonna find somebody that is a civilian like you mentioned Dick Cheney. He ran Halliburton for a handful of years. So that's what they do with these guys. I don't know if you can find if you look into The conflicts of interest in Washington, D. C. You will find that most members of Congress have a spouse that either works for a big government contractor or works for a lobbying firm. It's all ancestors. Yeah, it's all incestuous. So What do you know about this guy? Besides Raytheon? Really one thing that says one journalist pointed out that Raytheon is a key supplier of bombs to the U. S Saudi war in Yemen that and that he has lobbied aggressively. In opposition to curbs on arm sales. Well, Raytheon's much more than making bombs they make. Avionics to make a lot of things. They're a huge contractor. Well, there is of one or two every year. And in defense contract. Well. Would you vote for him? General Austin. Yes, Yeah. Yeah, it seems like he don't. Seems like he has the background. Well, I think it's highly qualified. I think I do, too, which which points out the difference between him knowing the military inside and out. And Javi Airbus era. Has never managed a drugstore, let alone the entire health system in America. Well, you're right. So well, I wish General Austin well and I hope he's approved hands down. Yeah, they got to get they got to get the waiver first, and there are a number of people who are trying to go back. Um Apparently John Tester, the Democrat from Montana. Is a no unlikely to support the waiver. He said. I did not do it for Mattis, and I don't think I'll do it for him. I love madness. I thought matters was a great secretary. I think this guy is going to be a great secretary. I just think that we ought to look at the rules. I don't know if that's still applies that that was a rule that was put into effect. In the early days of our country. Earlier days. I should say yes, absolutely. Maybe it meant something different then. Yes. Seems to me you would want somebody who was Very knowledgeable about the military running the military. After all, he doesn't get that We do still have a civilian head off the Defense Department's called the president. You still got to go to the commander in chief. So Yeah, I'm not sure It's a.

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03:57 min | 1 year ago

"general austin" Discussed on KQED Radio

"I'm David Greene and I'm Noel King. Good morning, President elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate retired four star General Lloyd Austin as his secretary of defense. General, Austin has a long resume more than four decades of experience, and if he's confirmed he would be the first Black American to lead the Pentagon. NPR White House correspondent Franco or Dona is is following this one. Hey, Franco I know. Well, what do you know about General Austin? Well, he's from Mobile, Alabama, and he graduated from West Point. He rose to the military ranks. Serving is the top commander in Iraq and eventually became the commander of the U. S Central Command, which, of course, is in charge of all military operations in the Middle East. He was the first African American to do that as well. You know, he's credited with devising the plan to help defeat the Islamic state in Syria and Iraq. He's not the best known candidate for the job as he's largely remained at the limelight, but he has testified before Congress a bunch of times when Austin retired then president Obama said the general is quote character and competence exemplify what America demands of its military leaders. His retirement is a sticky thing as I understand it because he retired four years ago in 2000 and 16. But those who serve as secretary of defense have usually been retired for longer than that, right? Yeah, that is right by law. It's actually supposed to be seven years before serving his defense secretary he's been at about four He's on Lee, one of lesson of handful of potential nominees to fall out of that time frame. And he's gonna need a waiver from Congress. If he's going to get the job, Trump's first nominee, Jim Mattis, also had to do that. Oh, he says, it could take some work to get him into the position. What do you know? Then about how Joe Biden came to this decision? Well. A source familiar with the president elect's reasoning told me that buying came to trust General Austin during their time together in situation room briefings when buying was vice president and Austin was head of Central Command. Fine. I was also told appreciated that Austin knows quote the human cost of war firsthand on and to be clear. Biden is also under a lot of pressure to make his Cabinet divers and this is part of that. Biden said he wants to his Cabinet toe look like America, and he's been pushed by groups like the end of the P and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. To choose candidates from specific backgrounds. You know, for example, Biden also says he's nominating Javier Airbus era the former California attorney general, a son of an immigrant from Mexico. That he's going to be his health and human services secretary of confirmed General Austin's name just came out last night. Has there been any reaction so far, yet is early General Austin, though, is very well regarded among his colleagues. Former military officials have called him an extraordinary leader and a towering figure. But they're also expressing some concern that he's a general, and some would rather see some civilian control. And they don't want the congressional waiver to become the new norm. That could also be an issue for some members of Congress. That is really interesting if he is confirmed, though, what are the biggest things that he's confronting? Right off the bat? Well, the Trump Administration has announced a major drawdown of U. S troops, including in Afghanistan. It's certainly a different situation than it was during the Obama years when troops surged to around 100,000 in Afghanistan. The numbers are expected to drop to about 2500 by January. And you know his vice president Joe Biden was reluctant to support some increases in troop levels. And, frankly, we don't know where Austin will stand on this. What are his recommendations gonna be on troop levels in Afghanistan? That is something that they're going to have to confront together. MPR's Franco or Dona Is Franco. Thanks so much. Thank you. It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Noel King. And I'm David Greene. Joe McConnell with traffic.

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"It's going to take the Iraqi government. Iraqi people will continue to make the right decisions work together. And but again, that opportunity is there. I think if they take advantage of the opportunity, they can become a leader in this region. And so we're hopeful that the right things will continue to have And in 2015 General, Austin was questioned by senators about the training of Syrian rebels, which had cost $500 million, but with very little effect GENERAL Austin When Senator Carter was here before this committee in July, he testify that there were only about 60 Syrian fighters that had been trained in our train and equip program and reinserted. We've We've heard reports about the attacks on those individuals when they were reinserted back into Syria. Can you tell us what the total number of trained fighters remains? It's a small number, and the ones that are in the fight is is is we're talking for four or five. Well. His Senate confirmation could run into difficulty as he's only been out of uniform for four years on not the federally mandated seven. Joining us to discuss his nomination is Jim Goalby, who has been a special advisor on defense policy to vice presidents Joe Biden on the current vice president, Mike Pence. Welcome to the program. Jim Kolbe When President Trump appointed Jim Mattis is his first defense secretary, he got a waiver. Why is it a problem? Well, I think with both sucker both President Trump and now President President elect Biden. They're trying to violate the norm that this stood in U. S history largely unscathed for the last 70 years or so. I think it was a mistake to a nominee Jim Mattis, and I think it's a mistake to nominee any retired general or admiral. When Congress created the position of secretary defense in 1947, it was specifically designed to be a civilian defense official and policymaker who would be responsible for civilian oversight of the mill is military. It's really hard to do that. When you have a retired general in that role on then why is it hard? Is it what do you suggesting could be the pitfalls here? So there are a few things one is that it can be very difficult when retired general officers are still very close to many of the senior people that they have serving in the military at the highest levels of command. This was the case for Secretary Mattis and Joe Dunford. And as I pointed out in my op ed in The New York Times, it was also the case for General George Marshall on George. Excuse me and MacArthur. In many cases, it's also a problem that retired general simply don't have the right types of political skills to serve as a policy maker, as opposed to a policy implementer. Okay, so I understand that, But on the plus side, they bring military experience that no civilian ever could. And in the case off, retired General Lloyd Austin He is an African American. And if he was confirmed, he'd be the first African American to be in this role. And given that 43% of active duty troops of people of color, surely that would be a significant thing. Oh, absolutely. And I think you know any time that you have Americans, whether it's women or African Americans that have been under representative in the senior ranks of you know our defense policy establishment. It is great when they can look up. And see someone who looks like themselves and imagine themselves being in those same positions. At the same time, however, this reposition really was designed to be a civilian position and not a military position. In the United States. We have a separate separate military position. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which plays the role that you were describing a military officer who can look out and try to Give advice on military issues to the president into the secretary of defense. The real issue here is not a matter of qualifications. It's not a matter of really anything more than ensuring that we have strong civilian oversight. In the top levels of the Pentagon on Do you think that this may well be the thing that will stymie his confirmation. It will be a much tougher confirmation battle. I think that it has in the past. This requires A legislative waiver, which means that it is not simply an up or down vote in the Senate. It will require both the House and the Senate toe override the current law. Which bars any retired general who has served with who is served with in the last seven years from serving as secretary defense, So it's going to be very difficult for This to overcome at least some opposition in that. Why do you think that President elect Joe Biden chose him? That the front runner was Michelle? Floor? Me? Why do you think he went for General Austin? So I think there are AH lot of reasons. One. Um, it's he's a compelling person, As you noted before he's an African American, and that is a post that has not been held by an African American before, so it's extremely important. For symbolic reasons. More important than that, though I think vice President Biden probably saw in him someone who he thought would share his policy reason. And P o loyal soldier to implement his accuse in the Pentagon. Jim, Go be thank you very much. Indeed. For joining us. Jim Kolbe has been a special adviser to Vice President Joe Biden on Mike Pence. We go back.

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Biden to nominate Lloyd Austin as defense secretary

"This could be a pic with history in the making. This president elects Joe Biden adds key names to his incoming administration, women and minorities. They're getting some high ranking jobs. The Biden team calls four star retired Army General Lloyd Austin off the couch to become secretary of defense. Lawmakers will need to sign off on this selection. And if he does get Senate confirmation, general Austin would become the first black American to be the head of the Pentagon.

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05:24 min | 1 year ago

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"And by the listeners, members and sustaining members of KQED Public radio. I'm Dave frame and good Tuesday to you, it's 5 46 now. This is morning edition from NPR News. I'm David Greene and I'm Noel King. Good morning, President elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate retired four star General Lloyd Austin as his secretary of defense. General Austin has a long resume more than four decades of experience. And if he's confirmed he would be the first black American to lead the Pentagon. NPR White House correspondent Franco or Dona is is following this one. Hey, Franco. Hey, no. Well, what do you know about General Austin? Well, he's from Mobile, Alabama, and he graduated from West Point. He rose to the military ranks. Serving is the top commander in Iraq and eventually became the commander of the U. S Central Command, which, of course, is in charge of all military operations in the Middle East. He was the first African American to do that as well. You know, he's credited with devising the plan to help defeat the Islamic state in Syria and Iraq. He's not the best known candidate for the job as he's largely remained at the limelight, but he has testified before Congress a bunch of times when Austin retired then president Obama said that general is quote character and competence exemplify what America demands of its military leaders. His retirement is a sticky thing as I understand it because he retired four years ago in 2000 and 16. But those who serve as secretary of defense have usually been retired for longer than that, right? Yeah, that is right by law. It's actually supposed to be seven years before serving his defense secretary he's been at about four. He's on Lee one of lesson of handful of potential nominees to fall out of that time frame, and he's going to need a waiver from Congress if he's going to get the job. Trump's first nominee, Jim Mattis. Also had to do that. Oh, he says, it could take some work to get him into the position. What do you know? Then about how Joe Biden came to this decision? Well. A source familiar with the president elect's reasoning told me that Biden came to trust General Austin during their time together in situation room briefings when buying was vice president and Austin was head of Central Command. Fine. I was also told appreciated that Austin knows quote the human cost of war firsthand on and to be clear. Biden is also under a lot of pressure to make his Cabinet divers and this is part of that. Biden said he wants to his Cabinet toe look like America, and he's been pushed by groups like the end of the P and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. To choose candidates from specific backgrounds. You know, for example, buying also says he's nominating Javier Airbus era the former California attorney general, a son of an immigrant from Mexico. That he's going to be his health and human services secretary of confirmed General Austin's name just came out last night. Has there been any reaction so far, yet is early General Austin, though, is very well regarded among his colleagues. Former military officials have called him an extraordinary leader and a towering figure. But they're also expressing some concern that he's a general, and some would rather see some civilian control. And they don't want the congressional waiver to become the new norm. That could also be an issue for some members of Congress. That is really interesting if he is confirmed, though, what are the biggest things that he's confronting? Right off the bat? Well, the Trump Administration has announced a major drawdown of U. S troops, including in Afghanistan. It's certainly a different situation than it was during the Obama years when troops surged to around 100,000 in Afghanistan. The numbers are expected to drop to about 2500 by January. And you know his vice president Joe Biden was reluctant to support some increases in troop levels. And, frankly, we don't know where Austin will stand on this. What are his recommendations gonna be on troop levels in Afghanistan? That is something that they're gonna have to confront together. MPR's Franco or Dona Is Franco. Thanks so much. Thank you. It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Noel King and I'm David Greene. And here is Joe McConnell with your Bay Area Traffic Update on Tuesday morning, just ahead of the California report. Still peaceful out there. The Bay Bridge, though getting a little more crowded right at the base of the incline, no metering lights, yet that will probably change momentarily. Before the toll plaza. It's still very light and no problems on any other bridges. All the Caltrans work that was bothering traffic early this morning has been picked up, and that's all we have so far. Joe McConnell for KQED. Coming up on KQED its form later this morning at nine join US the Bay area heading into another shutdown, and it's taking a toll on mental health for essential workers. We're going to hear from a doctor working to provide free counseling to those workers. During the 1st 20 minutes or so of forum. Then around 9 20, a discussion with longtime various sports writer Lowell Cone about his new book about his 40 year career covering local sports. That's 9 to 10. In a 10 o'clock on forum. We're going to talk with critic Dr Michael Eric Dyson about his new book on reckoning with race in America, and why he remains hopeful for the fight for racial and social justice. We do hope you'll be a part of the two hour program. You can listen, You can ask questions all on form today 9 to 11 on KQED Public.

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860AM The Answer

05:43 min | 1 year ago

"general austin" Discussed on 860AM The Answer

"As his staff. It was just everybody would serve. Jim Mattis is central command came and took up staff jobs it depending on jobs, typically held by civilians, and that that was disrupted to the normal operation of the building. Do you think General Austin will be going out and finding his old chief of staff is old. Second command and bringing them in to the Pentagon with him. Guesses, and it's purely a guess I haven't discussed this with Lloyd is that he will know that the best course of action for Miss. You come in as a civilian leader and surround himself with People who are strong on their own merit. Whether he has worked with him before or not, and let's face it, he will need help in a couple of areas. One is procurement and acquisition. That's not a special Defense. We can bring some of those assets. He'll need some help on Asia. He does not have a strong background in Asia and Aziz. We were just discussing that'll be critical for the new secretary of defense, and he's gonna want to create a sense of some stability in the Pentagon. Now, as you well know, all transitions are horse trading opportunities where those who have supported the campaign. Wanna come and be the secretary of the Air Force of the secretary of the Navy, and General Austin would Get some pics. I should say Secretary designate Austin will get some pics and the transition team will get some pics and the Democratic Party will get some pics. So it'll be a mixed and close with this. Every secretary should bring one or two people that here she is really comfortable with and has worked around in the past. But broadly speaking, my guests and my hope is that Secretary designate, Austin will start to bring in outside players that maybe he doesn't know well, but who can help him in some of the areas we just discussed now, when such a former secretary Gates was a guest on this program after his most recent book, and I asked him about his comments about President Biden being wrong about everything for 40 years, he said, Well, look, I'm also worried about his Tension with the generals that he didn't get along with the breath at the Pentagon. I was I was encouraged to see he had actually been at a either a change of commander of the retirement ceremony of Lloyd Austin that he knows him. Knows the secretary defense. We're not gonna have a McNamara Johnson situation here. How important is it? This is a civilian's question. But I mean, how important is it that the SEC def and the president like each other? It's very helpful. I've seen examples kind of going both ways, both in the secretary of defense level and at the secretary of the Navy level. Sometimes the secretary of the Navy and the chief of naval operations get along extremely well and sometimes there's real collision there. Same thing at that higher level with the SEC. Def in the Chairman of the joint Chiefs, So it's helpful but not necessary. And you know, government politics is is the art of resolving differences and allocating racehorses. So I'm quite confident, knowing Lloyd Austin that he'll get along very well with the military. And maybe more importantly, Hugh. He'll get along very well with the national security team around President elect Biden. And he knows them. He's worked with them. He is well acquainted with every one of them as a my from our mutual time together, he'll be as we talked about with the bi national security team. There's no one on that team that I see. He's trying to be the M V P of the team. It's a group that we're going to try to make each other. Look good on the court. Try to work together. Well, no drama. Very collegial. I think Lloyd Austin strips that mug. What about the question that there's very controversial decision when he was Centcom commander to withdraw immediately from Iraq? I've already said on the program this morning. I just wonder if you agree. Hey, executed in order there. He is not responsible for the decision to go to that, admiral. 100% and I don't know what Lloyd's personal views were at that time, but he is the consummate professional. That was an order. I I think it was a mistake. Eyes. Too many. My contemporaries, particularly those who fought in those words on guy think you could drop a plumb line from that decision to the rise of the Islamic state you ought to get when he becomes secretary of Defense Austin on asking that question. It's a fair question. One last question, which has to do with how they operate and comparison, General Mattis. In terms of time in the building. He was chief of staff of the Army was sent Come, who has more time in the building before becoming secretary of Defense General Mattis or General Austin. Think roughly the same, and they both had critical but slightly different jobs. But their backgrounds are fairly similar, and I think that it's a pretty good bet that General Mattis would be someone who would say, Yeah. Lloyd Austin two thumbs up, You'd have to ask him. He had got a last thought for you. It's a really important one. And it's that you asked about. You know the allocations for the Navy and all that. Here's what I'm worried about. Who are they going to cheer for? In the Army Navy game and that is coming right up and we know the answer to that, don't we, Admiral? So again is in Annapolis graduate. All I had to say to.

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Biden to nominate Lloyd Austin as defense secretary

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Biden to nominate Lloyd Austin as defense secretary

"US media say Joe Biden has chosen a recently retired Army general Lloyd Austin to be his defense secretary General Austin who served in Iraq and Afghanistan would be the first African American to lead the Pentagon. Peter Bose has more retired general Lloyd Austin served as commander of the United States Central Command on previously as the vice chief of staff of the U. S. Army. According to reports, he was among three final contenders for the role of defense Secretary Mr Biden has Bean under pressure in recent days to appoint African Americans to keep positions in his Cabinet. In order to be confirmed in the position. General Austin would need a special waiver from Congress since he has not bean out of the military for a required seven

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Biden picks retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to be his secretary of defense

"President elect Joe Biden plans to name Lloyd Austin, the retired U. S. Army four star general, the secretary of defense in his incoming administration. NPR's Franco or donors. Reports. Austin joins a growing list of nominees to bides Cabinet, President elect Joe Biden promised that his Cabinet would reflect the diversity of America. If confirmed, Austin would be the first African American to lead the department. A person familiar with the discussions told NPR that Biden developed a trust with General Austin during the many situation room briefings they had together when buying was vice president in the Obama administration in Austin led the U. S Central Command. Austin emerged as a topic last week, His supporters called for more diversity on the Cabinet. The president elect is likely to announce Austin as his pick on Tuesday. Biden also named key members of his incoming health team, including have year but Sarah's This nominee for Health and Human Services

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U.S. Trims Size of Afghan Military Force

"The number of American troops in Afghanistan is quietly declined in general Austin Scott Miller the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan says they reduce their authorized strength by two thousand the reduction has been happening over the past year even though a peace deal with the Taliban has not been made secretary of defense mark asper said over the weekend they could go down to eighty six hundred troops but middle be conditions

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"There are fewer US troops in Afghanistan general Austin Scott Miller the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan told reporters in Kabul Monday that they reduced their authorized troop strength by two thousand the reduction is taking place over the past year even though a peace deal with the Taliban has not been

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02:27 min | 3 years ago

"general austin" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU

"From NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Audie Cornish. And I'm Mary Louise Kelley, although President Trump is pulling the US military out of Syria, the US troops next door in Iraq or expected to stay put there are about five thousand of them, and they keep a relatively low profile mostly sticking to US bases. In fact, it has been years since an American general strolled around downtown Baghdad well that change today and NPR's Jane Arraf was invited along for the walk. She joins us now from Baghdad. Hey, jane. Hi, mary. Louise, so how significant is it for US commander to be out and about walking the streets of Baghdad Email? It's pretty significant because really it hasn't happened for very long time, this particular commander was Brigadier General Austin Ren, I and he's deputy commander of U S forces in Iraq. So he was taking along by his rank he counterpart to three star general named Jalil by now. Iraq for the past three years. It's been busy fighting ISIS. So it hasn't been really as safe as it is now and also, you know, the Iraqis aren't so keen to have US generals walking around the streets because they're Iranian-backed groups that think all the US troops should leave. There's the legacy of the war. So to help him walking around amid thousands and thousands of people was kind of a big deal. And did he have a huge security entourage with them? I mean how how is he being protected? He did have security entourage. He had a personal security detail, and they were armed, and they were certainly keeping watch. But you know, at one point we were having tea on this kind of raised platform in the middle of the street. And there were literally thousands of people who were jammed into these narrow alleys doing their shopping going to the pet market. He himself was wearing a marine uniform. No body armor, very relaxed Foulis kind of the most surprise. Sizing thing that in the midst of all this chaos, which you would normally think would be potentially dangerous. They didn't seem to feel. There was much of a threat. And you got to talk to Michelle we're out and about walking. What did he say about what he was seeing? And how he felt about it. So we have to remember that. This is a guy who has been through Volusia, you know, the battle for bluejean two thousand and four which was absolutely horrific. This is not his first time around. Here's a little bit of what he had to say to.

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"general austin" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU

90.3 KAZU

02:28 min | 3 years ago

"general austin" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU

"From NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Audie Cornish. And I'm Mary Louise Kelley, although President Trump is pulling the US military out of Syria, the US troops next door in Iraq or expected to stay put there are about five thousand of them, and they keep a relatively low profile mostly sticking to US basis. In fact, it has been years since an American general strolled around downtown Baghdad well that change today and NPR's Jane Arraf was invited along for the walk. She joins us now from Baghdad. Hey, jane. Hi, mary. Louise, so how significant is it for a US commander to be out and about walking the streets of Baghdad Email? It's pretty significant because really it hasn't happened for very long time, this particular commander was Brigadier General Austin Ren, I and he's deputy commander of us forces in Iraq. So he was taken along by his ranking counterpart three star general named Jalil rabbi now. Iraq for the past three years. It's been busy fighting ISIS. So it hasn't been really as safe as it is now and also, you know, the Iraqis aren't so keen to have US generals walking around the streets because they're Iranian-backed groups that think all the US troops should leave. There's the legacy of the war. So to help him walking around amid thousands and thousands of people was kind of a big deal. And did he have a huge security entourage with them? I mean how how is he being protected? He did have security entourage. He had a personal security detail, and they were armed, and they were certainly keeping watch. But you know, one point we were having tea on this kind of raised platform in the middle of the street. And there were literally thousands of people who were jammed into these narrow alleys doing their shopping going to the pet market. He himself was wearing marine uniform. No body armor, very relaxed Foulis kind of the most surprise. Using thing that in the midst of all this chaos, which you would normally think would be potentially dangerous. They didn't seem to feel. There was much of a threat, and you got to talk to Machel we're out and about walking. What did he say about what he was seeing? And how he felt about it. So we have to remember that. This is a guy who has been through Volusia, you know, the battle for flu gen two thousand and four which was absolutely horrific. This is not his first time around. Here's a little bit of what he had to say to be here right now.

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"general austin" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:27 min | 3 years ago

"general austin" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"From NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Audie Cornish, and Mary Louise Kelley, although President Trump is pulling the US military out of Syria, the US troops next door in Iraq or expected to stay put there are about five thousand of them, and they keep a relatively low profile mostly sticking to US bases. In fact, it has been years since an American general strolled around downtown Baghdad that changed today and NPR's Jane Arraf was invited along for the walk. She joins us now from Baghdad. Hey, jane. Hi, mary. Louise, so how significant is it for a US commander to be out and about walking the streets of Baghdad Email? It's pretty significant because really it hasn't happened for very long time. This particular commander was Brigadier General Austin rent I and he's deputy commander of US forces in Iraq. So he was taken along by his ranking counterpart to three star general named Jalil rabbi now Iraq. For the past three years. It's been busy fighting ISIS. So it hasn't been really as safe as it is now and also the Iraqis aren't so keen to have US generals walking around the streets because they're Iranian-backed groups that think all the US troops should leave. There's the legacy of the war soda held him walking around and thousands and thousands of people was kind of a big deal. And did he have a huge security entourage with them? I mean, how how is he being protected if you did have security entourage? He had a personal security detail, and they were armed, and they were certainly keeping watch. But you know, at one point we were having tea on this kind of raised platform in the middle of the street. And there were literally thousands of people who were jammed into these narrow alleys doing their shopping going to the pet market. He himself was wearing a marine uniform. No body armor, very relaxed Foulis kind of the most surprising. The thing that in the midst of all this chaos, which you would normally think would be potentially dangerous. They didn't seem to feel. There was much of a threat. And you got to talk to you a Michelle we're out and about walking. What did he say about what he was seeing? And how he felt about it. So we have to remember that. This is a guy who has been through Volusia, you know, the battle for bluejean two thousand and four which was absolutely horrific. This is not his first time around. Here's a little bit of what he had to say to be.

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American General Walks Around Downtown Baghdad For First Time In Years

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04:32 min | 3 years ago

American General Walks Around Downtown Baghdad For First Time In Years

"Although President Trump is pulling the US military out of Syria, the US troops next door in Iraq or expected to stay put there are about five thousand of them, and they keep a relatively low profile mostly sticking to US bases. In fact, it has been years since an American general strolled around downtown Baghdad well that change today and NPR's Jane raff was invited along for the walk. She joins us now from Baghdad. Hey, jane. Hi, mary. Louise, so how significant is it for US commander to be out and about walking the streets. Baghdad Email, it's pretty significant. Because really it hasn't happened for very long time. This particular commander was Brigadier General Austin Renfer, and he's deputy commander of US forces in Iraq. So he was taken along by his ranking counterpart to three star general named Jalil by now Iraq for the past three years. It's been busy fighting ISIS. So it hasn't been really as safe as it is now and all. Also, you know, the Iraqis aren't so keen to have US generals walking around their streets because they're Iranian-backed groups that think all the US troops should leave. There's the legacy of the war. So to help him walking around amid thousands and thousands of people was kind of a big deal. And did he have a huge security entourage with them? I mean, how he being protected he did have security entourage. He had a personal security detail, and they were armed, and they were certainly keeping watch. But you know, at one point we were having tea on this kind of raised platform in the middle of the street. And there were literally thousands of people who are jammed into these narrow alleys doing their shopping going to the pet market. He himself was wearing a marine uniform. No body armor, very relaxed foulest kind of the most surprising thing that in the midst of all this chaos, which you would normally think would be potentially dangerous. They didn't. Seem to feel there was much of a threat. And you got to talk to them shell we're out and about walking. What did he say about what he was seeing? And how he felt about it. So we have to remember that. This is a guy who has been through Volusia, you know, the battle for bluejean two thousand and four which was absolutely horrific. This is not his first time around. Here's a little bit of what he had to say the be here right now and see the city centre thriving. It's like an open market if you didn't know any better, you'd swear you're in any major city in the United States any major city in the United States. Jane, I'm going to be skeptical there did it really feel like Boston or LA. Maybe not. But I think what he's comparing it to is all the other times he seen Iraq. And that's what a Rockies compared to as well. But still it's not exaggerate Baghdad has quite a lot of problems. But for the first time in sixteen years since Saddam Hussein was talking when you talk to most Araki's, they say, this is the safest they felt in years, which he getting double. Takes from Iraqis in the markets and in the streets. What what was their reaction that was so interesting because you know, I would have thought that he would. But either people ignored him which kind of indicates they've moved on or they wanted to take selfies with him. There were a couple of people who yelled at him about the American presence. But by far most of the people were either bemused or seemed quite positive to see him walking around listening to you. And clearly, this is progress clearly this is something that could have happened even a few years back, but also feel so telling that it is still quite such a significant thing sixteen years after the us led invasion for US commander to be able to walk the streets evacuated. Absolutely. In one of the things. It says to is that even though ISIS has been pushed out of the city's Ren fourth and his Iraqi counterpart are very clear that does not contrary to other conceptions mean that ISIS is defeat. Waited. You know, I it takes a lot of effort by the Iraqi military in new us advisors to keep it as safe as it has been so all of those thousands of people. They're also backed by immense efforts that go into every Friday holiday making sure that attacks don't happen. They're very aware still that ISIS could still be out there, and they're not letting their guard down. Thank you. Jane? Thank you. That's NPR's. Jane Arraf reporting from Baghdad.

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Austin Miller, Murder and NewsRadio KLBJ discussed on 24 Hour News

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Austin Miller, Murder and NewsRadio KLBJ discussed on 24 Hour News

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