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In the months leading up to the 2008 Presidential election, mass examples would exist as it came to general concern over the present state of affairs within the military action taking place, as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The current President, in an effort to champion change in terms of what had become the norm, would make assertions that, for many, would appear to be significant and in that case, would lead the nation in a direction that would have been different from the most recent office holder and most likely, different from the choices made of other previous Presidents themselves.
In considering whether or not these individuals, both men and women, would be seen more as self-serving and/or working for the same result, the answer(s) to that, would fall within being in the eye of beholder. An individual(s) can very easily possess intentions that may overtly seem self-serving but on the inside, may have been executed with what the person(s), may have felt were the most sincere of motives. For the President of the United States, one of the placements made to his national security team, would be the very person who sought to defeat him during the previous Presidential election.
An individual of considerable political strength, Hillary Clinton's placement amongst the foreign policy fray of the Obama Administration, would seem to some, as being a way to ensure that, by the time 2012 came and the President would surely seek re-election, Secretary Clinton would be in
the position of being unable to attempt a second Presidential bid. This can be stated by the very thought, amongst many within the political structure, that an individual would not partake in a campaign for elected office that would place them in competition against another person of their own party.
From a political standpoint, "When considering any presidential hopeful's foreign-policy promises, it's important to remember that what candidates say is, at best, an imperfect guide to their actions in office. What proves to be a more reliable indicator of presidential behavior is a candidate's roster of advisers," (Ackerman, p.1). This statement is telling, when it comes to assessing the very speeches given, by those individuals that seek to be elected to higher office, in this case being the Presidency.
While many would agree that President Obama possesses an inherent ability for gifted speeches and forceful deliveries, it would also remain important to mention the indisputable relevance placed upon the composition of the cabinet put forth to advise him. To place primarily those individuals that would have beliefs primarily in sync with the President alone, would give way to concerns over there being a lack of real and honest debate. On the other hand, the presence of continuity within the advisory board, would leave the feeling of there being actual debate and consideration given to every idea possible, rather than just a few.
Another prominent member of the Obama foreign policy team, would be the Secretary of Defense, a man by the name of Robert Gates. An individual who served most recently within the power