Opinion: Obama Should Nominate Senator Joseph Lieberman for Secretary of State

December 17, 2012 4:35 pm 5 comments

U.S.Senator Joe Lieberman. Photo: NCLR.

The White House is reeling from its recent  failed attempt to nominate Ambassador Susan Rice to the post of Secretary of State and now needs a savior. That man is Senator Joseph Lieberman. He is a formidable choice for a new American foreign policy of imagination and possibilities. The President is the commander in chief and now enjoys a renewed confidence granted by the American people after winning his  election with a considerable margin of support.
So why not work to build further positive consensus around himself from Congress and the American people by announcing a surprise, one that will show a boldness and confidence in his ability to dramatically improve his foreign policy team.
Dealing with the challenges of the Middle East today requires a man that can make a difference. The Secretary of State office must be filled by an undisputed luminary that can carry the message of peace for a President who represents himself as the man that can bring Peace to a region ravaged by tribal and religious strain. Lieberman is a hawk with a velvet glove, he will defend American interests with firm and uncompromising intelligence.

Current candidates  John Kerry and Chuck Hagel are conventional choices anchored in Washington status-quo, their selection would be the safe path, lacking in zest, genius and creativity, both men are old news in fields that need larger than life characters. Obama could create a new, bold and dramatic opportunity for foreign policy by bringing Senator Lieberman into his team. Lieberman is an independent stalwart of great integrity, intelligence and pragmatism, one that will bring new highs of respect and challenge to the position. Lieberman can be the Kissinger of the Democrats, and provide a badly needed injection of hubris and intellect.

The president can do it. He can surprise us and elevate a man who can deliver this awesome thrust of genius needed to pursue American interests in the world.

5 Comments

  • bernice rosenfeld

    Joe Leiberman would make the best Secretary of state we can possible suggest. He is intelligent,listens,a true
    American and would lead us back to being one of the Worlds leaders. The President would have the best we
    could offer to the World.

  • Representative Howard Berman would make the best Secretary of State!

  • Are you mixing up Hanukkah with Purim? Have another. On the same day he was yelling BOMB THE SERBS, he was intoning BAN VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES.

  • Obama would nominate Rashid Khalidi before he would ever think of nominating Sen Lieberman.

  • I certainly don’t need to inform you about the power of
    social media and the internet,..

    ,…this is an idea with legs,..time to harness facebook,
    twitter, YouTube and all other viable social and other
    media platforms to get this idea out there,..good luck,..

    and,..May the Force be with You,…

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