Dereliction of Duty By President and Commander-In-Chief Obama–Sleeping While Americans Died–The Big Coverup and Scandal–The President Lied–Videos

Posted on February 7, 2013. Filed under: Blogroll, Communications, Crime, Diasters, Federal Government, government, government spending, Law, liberty, Life, Links, media, People, Philosophy, Pistols, Politics, Raves, Resources, Rifles, Security, Strategy, Talk Radio, Video, War, Weapons, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |





Former National Security Adiviser Bud McFarlane: For Obama to Do Nothing is Dereliction of Duty

Know The TRUTH ~ Step By Step ~ Bret Baier’s ~ ‘Death and Deceit in Benghazi’

Obama Confronted on Benghazi – Stutters Through Response!

Mark Levin – Obama’s “Dereliction of Duty”

Rush military caller says that Obama ordered no response to Benghazi attack


Father Of Murdered Navy Seal in Benghazi, Recounts Days After Attack – Judge Jeanine

Graham Questions Military Leaders on Response to Benghazi Attack

Part II: Graham Questions Military Leaders on Benghazi

Sen. Chambliss at Benghazi SASC Hearing

Panetta: Benghazi was a ‘problem of distance and time’.

No Word from Hillary During Benghazi Attack Panetta, Dempsey did not speak to Clinton

Panetta Defends Pentagon’s Benghazi Response

Senator Blunt Questions Secretary Panetta, General Dempsey About Benghazi Attacks

Rand Paul’s Reaction To Defense Secretary Panetta’s Benghazi Testimony – Fox News

Obama vs Panetta on Attacks in Benghazi – Obama Could have saved American Lives

Senators challenge military leaders on Benghazi attack response

“…The top two Defense Department officials were sharply challenged by lawmakers  Thursday on their insistent claims that nothing more could have been done to  save the four Americans who were killed in the Sept. 11 terror attack in  Benghazi.

Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey were  peppered with questions from Republican senators during a hearing before the  Senate Armed Services Committee. The officials claimed military aircraft and  other assets were too far away to get to the scene in time, and suggested armed  aircraft like F16s could have done more harm than good in a chaotic situation.  The senators, though, pressed the officials for a fuller explanation on why  military assets were not deployed to rescue Americans under attack that night —  in what will likely be their last chance to question the outgoing Defense  secretary.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., disputed testimony that the difficulty in  dispatching assets to the scene was “a problem of distance and time.” He  suggested the “light footprint” in the region and a failure to respond to  threats left the military ill-prepared.

“For you to testify that our posture would not allow a rapid response — our  posture was not there because we didn’t take into account the threats to that  consulate, and that’s why four Americans died,” he said. “We could have placed  forces there. We could have had aircraft and other capacity a short distance  away.”

He continued: “No forces arrived there until well after these murders took  place.”

Dempsey acknowledged having gotten word of a warning from the U.S. consulate  about being unable to withstand a sustained attack, but said the military never  got a request for support from the State Department.

“So it’s the State Department’s fault?” McCain asked, curtly.

“I’m not blaming the State Department,” Dempsey said.

McCain responded: “Who would you blame?”

Dempsey went on to claim that several U.S. posts were facing significant  threats, though McCain said none so much as Benghazi.

Shortly afterward, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pressed Panetta again on why  no forces were deployed until after the attack was over. Dempsey and Panetta  said they talked to President Obama one time that night, but Graham questioned  why there weren’t subsequent follow-up conversations.

“It lasted almost eight hours … did the president show any curiosity?”  Graham asked.

Panetta said there was “no question” Obama “was concerned about American  lives.”

“With all due respect,” Graham responded, “I don’t believe that’s a credible  statement if he never called and asked you, ‘are we helping these  people?'”

The secretary’s testimony on Benghazi was long-sought by Republican  lawmakers. After then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified last month,  Graham had demanded that Panetta be brought before the Senate — threatening to  hold up the nomination of his prospective replacement Chuck Hagel over the  issue.

Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., announced last week that Panetta  would testify.

Responding to long-running questions about whether more military assets could  have been dispatched to protect those under fire in Libya on Sept. 11, Panetta  in his opening statement claimed there simply wasn’t enough time to do  more.

“There was not enough time given the speed of the attack for armed military  assets to respond,” he said before the Senate Armed Services Committee. “We were  not dealing with a prolonged or continuous assault which could have been brought  to an end by a U.S. military response. … Time, distance, the lack of an  adequate warning, events that moved very quickly on the ground prevented a more  immediate response.”

Still, he said the Pentagon “spared no effort … to save American  lives.”

Panetta was testifying in what may be his final public appearance on Capitol  Hill as he prepares to leave the department.

Panetta, in his testimony, detailed the military response on the day and  night of the attack.

As Fox News has previously reported, he said an unarmed, unmanned drone was  positioned overhead the Benghazi compound.

But he said armed aircraft like AC-130 gunships would have taken too long to  get there — “at least nine to 12 hours if not more to deploy.”

“This was, pure and simple … a problem of distance and time,” he  said.

Panetta said he also directed that a Marine Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team  stationed in Spain prepare to deploy in addition to a second FAST platoon; a  special operations force in Central Europe prepare to deploy to a staging base  in Southern Europe; and a special ops force in the U.S. similarly prepare to  deploy to Southern Europe.

As for what was happening in Libya, he claimed the “quickest response” was  the Tripoli-based team of six people which was sent to Benghazi.

“Members of this team, along with others at the annex facility, provided  emergency medical assistance and supported the evacuation of all personnel. Only  12 hours after the attacks had begun, all remaining U.S. government personnel  had been safely evacuated from Benghazi,” he said.

Since the September assault, some have questioned whether enough was done to  protect those at the consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi. Four Americans,  including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed that night.

There have been questions about the perceived delays CIA officials —  stationed in Benghazi — encountered that night and their frustration that air  support was not sent from nearby Sigonella air base. In recent weeks, Fox News  has learned that the rescue unit that left Tripoli was told that air support  would be above when they landed in Benghazi, but it wasn’t. …”

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George C. Marshall–An American Hero and Leader

Posted on February 17, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, People, Politics, Quotations, Raves, Technology, Video, War | Tags: , , , , |


“I don’t think I could sleep at night knowing you were not in Washington.”

~Franklin D Roosevelt

“His standards of character, conduct, and efficiency inspired the entire Army, the nation, and the world. To him, as much as to any individual, the United States owes its future. He takes his place at the head of the great commanders of history…The more I see and talk to him the more certain I am he’s the great one of the age. I am surely lucky to have his friendship and support.”

~Harry Truman

“…what a joy it must be to [Marshall] to see how the armies he called into being by his own genius have won immortal renown. He is the true ‘organizer of victory.’”

“In war he was as wise and understanding in counsel as he was resolute in action. In peace he was the architect who planned the restoration of our battered European economy and, at the same time, laboured tirelessly to establish a system of Western Defense. He has always fought victoriously against defeatism, discouragement, and disillusion. Succeeding generation must not be allowed to forget his achievements and his example.”

~Winston Churchill

“Americans have never been so deeply indebted to any other soldier.”

~Dwight Eisenhower

I have very few heroes.

George C. Marshall is one of the few.

Unfortunately, very few Americans under forty know who George Catlett Marshall was.

A college student just asked me a question about web site optimization and search engines.

This lead to a discussion of keywords or search terms.

I mentioned that for the last several months, George C. Marshall keeps popping up as one of the top search terms on my blog site.

Usually that means that the name was mentioned either on television, talk radio, newspapers, magazines, a recent book or article, or on the web and YouTube.

I asked the student did he know who George Marshall was?

No, never heard of him.

I told him he was General of the Army, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

I brought up my blog site and looked at todays search terms.

Right at the top was–George C. Marshall.

While I have in the past blogged about him, I believe a updated post on him is in order and timely.

The George C. Marshall Foundation has a series of short videos on George C Marshall that are on YouTube:


Soldier and Statesman (Part 1)

Soldier and Statesman (Part 2)

George C. Marshall: Legacy of Leadership, Chapter 1: Questions

“…Historical re-enactment films commissioned by the George C. Marshall Foundation. In Chapter 1, George Marshall has just received the Nobel Prize for Peace. A reporter accosts him with questions, asking how a five-star general could possibly deserve a peace citation. These films were part of a seminar on corporate ethics offered by the Marshall Foundation. John Scott Gunnoe as George Marshall, David Colatosti as the reporter. …”

George C. Marshall: Legacy of Leadership, Chapter 2: Candor

“…Historical re-enactment films commissioned by the George C. Marshall Foundation. In Chapter 2, Captain George Marshall must decide whether to speak the truth to General Pershing during a crucial moment in World War I. These films were part of a seminar on corporate ethics offered by the Marshall Foundation. John Scott Gunnoe as George Marshall, James Galloway as Pershing, Michael Ridenhour as Gen. Sibert. …”

George C. Marshall: Legacy of Leadership, Chapter 3: Selflessness

“…Historical re-enactment films commissioned by the George C. Marshall Foundation. In Chapter 3, Marshall meets with FDR and outlines his readiness plan for the coming war — a plan that includes his resignation. These films were part of a seminar on corporate ethics offered by the Marshall Foundation. John Scott Gunnoe as George Marshall, Paul Stober as FDR, James Honaker, Jr., as Harry Hopkins. …”

George C. Marshall: Legacy of Leadership, Chapter 4: Commitment

“…Historical re-enactment films commissioned by the George C. Marshall Foundation. In Chapter 4, Marshall proposes mobilizing African-American, Japanese-American and women troops to the front lines. Despite a wartime need, Congressman Carl Vinson opposes the plan. Marshall sticks to his guns, with help from the leader of the Tuskegee Airmen. These films were part of a seminar on corporate ethics offered by the Marshall Foundation. John Scott Gunnoe as George Marshall, Ed Easterling as Carl Vinson, James Wise, Jr., as Benjamin Davis, Jr., Fred Anderson as Gen. Thomas Handy. …”

George C. Marshall: Legacy of Leadership, Chapter 5: Integrity

“…Historical re-enactment films commissioned by the George C. Marshall Foundation. In Chapter 5, three Republican senators discuss the Marshall Plan and its $17 billion price tag. Only Marshall’s reputation for honesty can sway them. These films were part of a seminar on corporate ethics offered by the Marshall Foundation. Charlie Boswell, Dan Naff, Ross Laguzza as the senators. …”

George C. Marshall: Legacy of Leadership, Chapter 6: Courage

“…Historical re-enactment films commissioned by the George C. Marshall Foundation. In Chapter 6, Joseph McCarthy attacks Marshall, now Secretary of Defense, for unAmerican activities. A conversation with his wife provides the support Marshall needs to answer (or not) the smear campaign. John Scott Gunnoe as Marshall, Ron Stone as McCarthy, Anne Cooney as Katherine Marshall. …”

George C. Marshall: Legacy of Leadership, Chapter 7: Answers

“…Historical re-enactment films commissioned by the George C. Marshall Foundation. In the final chapter, Marshall answers all the reporter’s questions. John Scott Gunnoe as Marshall, David Colatosti as the reporter. …”

Audio George C. Marshall–The Marshall Plan-Part 1

Audio George C. Marshall–The Marshall Plan-Part 2

Audio George C. Marshall–The Marshall Plan-Part 3





“It is not enough to fight. It is the spirit which we bring to the fight that decides the issue.  It’s morale that wins the victory.”

“I don’t want you fellows sitting around asking me what to do. I want you to tell me what to do.”

“Don’t fight the problem, decide it.”

~George C. Marshall


“In a war unparalleled in magnitude and horror, millions of Americans gave their country outstanding service;

General of The Army George C. Marshall gave it victory.”

~President Harry S Truman

Background Articles and Videos

George Catlett Marshall

“…George Catlett Marshall (December 31, 1880 – October 16, 1959) was an American military leader, Chief of Staff of the Army, Secretary of State, and the third Secretary of Defense. Once noted as the “organizer of victory” by Winston Churchill for his leadership of the Allied victory in World War II,[1] Marshall served as the U.S. Army Chief of Staff during the war and as the chief military adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. As Secretary of State his name was given to the Marshall Plan, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.[2]


Roosevelt, Winston Churchill speeches – Andrew Roberts – Waterstone’s

George C. Marshall

The Nobel Peace Prize 1953

“…In his position as chief of staff, Marshall urged military readiness prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, later became responsible for the building, supplying, and, in part, the deploying of over eight million soldiers. From 1941 he was a member of the policy committee that supervised the atomic studies engaged in by American and British scientists. The war over, Marshall resigned in November, 1945.

But Marshall could not resign from public service; his military career ended, he took up a diplomatic career. He had been associated with diplomatic events while chief of staff, for he participated in the conference on the Atlantic Charter (1941-1942), and in those at Casablanca (1943), Quebec (1943), Cairo-Teheran (1943), Yalta (1945), Potsdam (1945), and in many others of lesser import. In late 1945 and in 1946, he represented President Truman on a special mission to China, then torn by civil war; in January, 1947, he accepted the Cabinet position of secretary of state, holding it for two years. In the spring of 1947 he outlined in a speech at Harvard University the plan of economic aid which history has named the “Marshall Plan”.

For one year during the Korean War General Marshall was secretary of defence, a civilian post in the U. S. Cabinet. Having resigned from this post in September, 1951, three months before his seventy-first birthday, he retired from public service, thereafter performing those ceremonial duties the public comes to expect of its famous men. …”

Marshall Plan 60th Anniversary – VOA Story

What was the European Marshall Plan? 1

The Marshall Plan

Truman Doctrine

George C. Marshall’s Dodona Manor, Leesburg, VA Loudoun

Arlington National Cemetery Website

George Catlett Marshall

General of the Army

“…George Catlett Marshall was one of the great American statesmen of the century. He played a crucial role in international affairs from 1939 to 1951 — the years that shaped the second half of the century. Until 1945, he was in the military service of the United States. As Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1939 to 1945 he was, in the words of Winston Churchill, the “true architect of victory” in the West European arena of World War II.

Marshall was born on December 31, 1880, in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1901; afterwards, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. On September 1, 1939, he was promoted to Chief of Staff with the rank of General. Marshall was named General of the Army on December 16, 1944.

In a succession of positions of great responsibility between 1945 and 1951, Marshall devoted his efforts to the cause of international peace and security. He spent a year in China in 1945-46 as President Truman’s representative, attempting — without success — to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict between the nationalists and the communists. As Secretary of State from 1947 to 1949, he developed an economic program, the Marshall Plan, that turned the tide of Communism in war-ravaged Western Europe.

As Europeans endured unemployment, dislocation, and starvation in the wake of World War II’s devastation, the Marshall Plan embodied Marshall’s conviction that economic recovery and stability were vital underpinnings to the successful rebuilding of a democratic Europe. Marshall’s belief that America’s security and continued economic growth were inextricably linked to Europe’s well-being, which formed the cornerstone of his Plan.  With the assistance of the Marshall Plan, Western Europe began to recover from the ravages of war. Marshall’s effort to include the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in this grand design was rejected by Moscow. As Western Europe rebuilt, Europe was divided both economically and ideologically, and conflicting politics soon laid the ground for another war — The Cold War.

When it became evident that the gap between Eastern and Western Europe would not be bridged, and that the Western European states feared for their safety, Marshall was one of the leaders who created the North Atlantic Treaty Organization which would ensure the security of the West. The establishment of NATO in 1949 achieved a balance of power in Europe that endured until the end of the Cold War.

In the last official position as Secretary of Defense during 1950-51, Marshall oversaw the formation of an international force, under the United Nations, that turned back the North Korean invasion of South Korea.

Although he spent most of his life in the U.S. military, Marshall is best remembered as a true internationalist who sought peace for the world through cooperation and understanding among nations. It was a fitting tribute to a splendid career spent pursuing this ideal that Marshall received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1953.

George Catlett Marshall died on October 16, 1959, and he was buried in Section 7 of Arlington National Cemetery.

On March 15, 1960, President Eisenhower announced that the space complex within the borders of Redstone Arsenal would become known as George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. As part of the formal dedication ceremony, held on September 8, 1960, for the new Marshall Center, a bust of General Marshall was unveiled by Mrs. Marshall and President Eisenhower. Today, the bust is still on display at the space center.

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Memo To Senator McCain: Trifecta Time–Giuliani–Hunter–Romney

Posted on October 10, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Immigration, Investments, Links, People, Politics, Quotations, Raves, Regulations, Resources, Taxes, Video, War | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 “No one ever listened themselves out of job. It takes great man to be a good listener.”

~President Calvin Coolidge


This is third and last time I will recommmend that Senator John McCain announce some of his cabinet members prior to being elected President of the United States of America.

This would unite the Republican Party and motivate the movement conservative and libertarian base to turnout and vote in November.

Former Mayor of New York City Rudi Giuliani should be named as McCain’s candidate for Attorney General.

Rudolph William Louis “Rudy” Giuliani (pronounced /ˈruːdi ˌdʒuːliːˈɑːni/;[1] born May 28, 1944) is an American lawyer, businessman and politician from the state of New York who was Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001.

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani

“A Democrat and Independent in the 1970s, and a Republican from the 1980s to the present, Giuliani served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, eventually becoming U.S. Attorney. He prosecuted a number of high-profile cases, including ones against organized crime and Wall Street financiers.

Giuliani served two terms as Mayor of New York City, and was credited with initiating improvements in the city’s quality of life and with a reduction in crime. He ran for the United States Senate in 2000 but withdrew due to being diagnosed with prostate cancer and to revelations about his personal life. Giuliani gained international attention during and after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.[2] In 2001, Time magazine named him “Person of the Year”[3] and he received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.[4] …”

Congressman Duncan Hunter of California should be named as McCain’s candidate for Secretary of Defense or Homeland Security. 

Duncan Hunter

Duncan Hunter   



Duncan Lee Hunter (born May 31, 1948) is an American politician. He has been a Republican member of the House of Representatives from California’s 52nd congressional district since 1981. The district is located in northern and eastern San Diego County and includes El Cajon, La Mesa and a portion of eastern San Diego. It was previously named the 42nd District from 1981 to 1983 and the 45th from 1983 to 1993.

Hunter was the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee during the 109th Congress. Hunter sought the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States for 2008,[1] but his campaign failed to attract significant voters or delegates in early primary and caucus states,[2] and he dropped out after unpromising results in the Nevada Republican caucuses.[3]

Hunter was born in Riverside, California to Lola L. Young and Robert Olin Hunter.[4] He graduated from Rubidoux High School in Riverside in 1966.[5] He attended the University of Montana from 1966 to 1967,[6] and then briefly the University of California, Santa Barbara,[6] before being commissioned[citation needed] into the United States Army in 1969.[7]

He served in South Vietnam from 1970 to 1971 during the Vietnam War[8] in the Army Rangers’ 75th Ranger Regiment, attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade.[9] He participated in 24 helicopter assaults[7] as well as in small-number, night-time reconnaissance patrols.[10] He held the rank of First Lieutenant,[8] and was awarded the Bronze Star,[7] Air Medal,[8] and service ribbons such as the Vietnam Service Medal.[8] He has said, “I didn’t do anything special in the U.S. Army, but I served with very special soldiers I will never forget.”[8] …”

Former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachetts should be named as McCain’s candidate for Treasury Secretary.

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney

Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman and former Governor of Massachusetts. Romney is also a former candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2008 United States presidential election.

Romney was CEO of Bain & Company, a management consulting firm, and co-founder of Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm. After his business career and serving as CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Romney was elected as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts in 2002. Romney served one term and did not seek re-election in 2006; his term expired January 4, 2007.[1]

After graduation, Romney remained in Massachusetts and went to work for the Boston Consulting Group, where he had interned during the summer of 1974.[10] From 1978 to 1984, Romney was a vice president of Bain & Company, Inc., another management consulting firm based in Boston. In 1984, Romney left Bain & Company to co-found a spin-off private equity investment firm, Bain Capital.[11] During the 14 years he headed the company, Bain Capital’s average annual internal rate of return on realized investments was 113 percent,[12] making money primarily through leveraged buyouts.[13] He invested in or bought many well-known companies such as Staples, Brookstone, Domino’s, Sealy Corporation and Sports Authority.[14]

In 1990, Romney was asked to return to Bain & Company, which was facing financial collapse. As CEO, Romney managed an effort to restructure the firm’s employee stock-ownership plan, real-estate deals and bank loans, while increasing fiscal transparency. Within a year, he had led Bain & Company through a highly successful turnaround and returned the firm to profitability without layoffs or partner defections.[12]

Romney left Bain Capital in 1998 to head the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games Organizing Committee.[15] He and his wife have a net worth of between 250 and 500 million USD.[16][17] , not including Romney’s blind trust in the name of their children, which is valued at about $100 million.[18]…”


“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

~President Theodore Roosevelt


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Memo to the McCain Campaign

By Lee Cary

“…As McCain names those primarily responsible for the Mae-Mac fiasco, he should also begin identifying who his key advisors will be.

Adults know that the presidency isn’t a person, it’s a bureaucracy. Any effective presidency is dependent on competent key people. So, who will be the key members of a McCain administration’s bureaucracy?

Start with the key person of the moment?  Have him name his choice for Secretary of the Treasury.

McCain said he’d fire Cox.  Fine. Draw and quarter Cox. We couldn’t care less out here! Who does McCain propose to put in the key fiscal positions?  Tell us now, and tell us soon.  How about Mitt Romney.  He understands the markets and bailouted the Olympics once.

Then, four days later, he names his designated Secretary of Defense.  Say, someone like former Secretary of the Navy and 9/11 Commission member John Lehman.

Then, a week after that, he names his choice for Secretary of State.  Joe Lieberman would represent something of a semi-bipartisan approach.

McCain must take the initiative. Keep it. And not give it up.

By giving voters a pantheon of personalities to consider, he’d force Obama to reveal who his key people will be. For example, if Susan Rice is to replace Condi Rice, let’s have a look at her. (Folks may not like what they see.) Obama’s key people will either be retreads from liberal Democrats, or nearly unknowns.  In any case, flush Obama out.  Right now he’s hiding.

We’re in the late rounds and your guy’s behind on points. You’re running out of time.”


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A McCain cabinet could bear shades of Teddy Roosevelt

“…McCain, the four-term Republican senator from Arizona and presumptive GOP presidential nominee, is promising an administration that reflects “conservative principles, values and vision.” He also says his administration would have a powerful environmental bent, in the Roosevelt tradition. …”

“…For his part, McCain last week said he’d be looking for Cabinet members who “just share my conservative philosophy and views: less government, less regulation, lower taxes.” But he also volunteered that conservationism would be a priority, saying he would hope “to preserve the great natural treasures of the West and our state and do whatever we can to protect our environment.”

“I return to kind of the Teddy Roosevelt outlook toward things,” McCain said.

“McCain has long identified Roosevelt, president from 1901 to 1909, as a political idol. Roosevelt made national parks and nature preserves a priority, and McCain has drawn fire from conservative Republicans for opposing oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and for sponsoring legislation to address climate change.

McCain would tap business titans

McCain has dropped other hints about his Cabinet along the campaign trail.

Over the past year, he often has talked about approaching U.S. business leaders to serve their country by taking on federal-government responsibilities. He specifically has mentioned Fred Smith of FedEx, John Chambers of Cisco Systems, Steve Ballmer of Microsoft and billionaire investor Warren Buffett as possible Cabinet members.

Bureaucracies such as the hapless Federal Emergency Management Agency, whose limitations were exposed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, could use a dose of private-sector ingenuity and know-how, McCain has said.

“I would go out to the smartest and best people in America, no matter what their party affiliation,” McCain said last year at a town-hall meeting in Gilford, N.H. “There are some very successful people in this country who have done a great deal and become very rich while doing it. And I’m going to those people — the John Chambers and the Steve Ballmers and the Warren Buffetts and all those people — and say, ‘Look … you’ve done very well in this country. Now give back something to your country.’ ” …” 


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