Rosa Brooks, talking head
Not only has the Obama administration ruled out forceful interrogations of captured terrorists, his latest highly controversial appointment to the Department of Defense of all places is likely a strong signal that radical policy changes will not be stopping there.
A liberal newspaper columnist and former counsel to billionaire George Sorosâ€™ Open Societies Institute has been tapped for a key Defense Department position despite what Washington insiders have termed her â€œextremist,â€ Bush-bashing views.
Rosa Brooks will serve as principal adviser to Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy. … In that substantial insider position, Brooks, who once famously penned that the Bush administrationâ€™s â€œbig legal lies paved the way for some of the most shameful episodes in our history,â€ will have constant contact with DOD policy chief Flournoy, who reports directly to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and eyeballs every major defense department decision.
Gates, a holdover from the Bush era, hasnâ€™t exactly embraced the controversial Brooks. One anonymous staffer characterized Brooks as an â€œextremist,â€ noting that her coming onboard was Flournoyâ€™s doing, not his leaderâ€™s, according to a report in HumanEvents.com.
â€œGates did not hire her,â€ the official emphasized.
In 2007, Brooks wrote: â€œThanks to U.S. policies, al-Qaida has become the vast global threat the administration imagined it to be in 2001.â€
That sort of attitude, along with Brooks’ apparent lack of military or policy experience, has many pundits scratching their heads over the hiring.
â€œIt is hard to think of a more inappropriate political appointment at a time when America needs a hard-headed approach to winning a global war instead of defeatist, far-left rhetoric,â€ wrote the U.K.â€™s Telegraph.