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March 28, 2009

Ray Mabus, Obama's Pick For Secretary Of The Navy

Ray Mabus, Obama's Pick For Secretary Of The Navy


President Barack Obama on Friday nominated former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus to be secretary of the Navy, choosing a political supporter with a two-year career in the service.

Mabus, 60, is a Democrat and campaigned extensively for Obama last year. He had been previously talked about as a candidate for a place in Obama's cabinet as secretary of education.

If confirmed, Mabus would succeed Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter. The secretary is the civilian leader of the service and is responsible for a wide range of duties, from recruiting and mobilizing to overseeing the construction and repair of ships, equipment and facilities.

"At this critical moment in our nation's history, I am grateful that these exceptional public servants have chosen to help my administration bring the change our country needs today," Obama said in a statement announcing Mabus' selection and other administration posts.

Mabus served in the Navy from 1970-72 as a surface warfare officer on the Newport, R.I.-based USS Little Rock. Before then, he was in the Naval ROTC while he was an undergraduate student at the University of Mississippi.

He was governor of Mississippi from January 1988 to January 1992. He also served as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1994-96 under President Bill Clinton. Mabus' name surfaced as a possible Navy secretary soon after Clinton was elected president, but he was not nominated for the post. Mabus' term as governor overlapped part of Clinton's tenure as governor of neighboring Arkansas.

Mabus would not discuss the nomination, saying he was told to refer all calls to the White House. His nomination still must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Mabus was an early supporter of Obama's presidential campaign, endorsing the Illinois senator in 2007 and surprising some political observers who had expected Mabus to support Hillary Clinton because of Mabus' past political ties to Bill Clinton.


Democrats for Despotism Party figures had a profitable relationship with Haiti's dictator.

The Wall Street Journal

October 27, 2008

It took eight years, but on Oct. 8 I finally secured a copy of Fusion Telecommunications' 1999 contract with the Haitian telephone monopoly Teleco. By law the agreement is a public document but Fusion wouldn't give it to me until the FCC required them to do so. Now I think I know why.
Fusion is run by former Democratic Party Finance Chairman Marvin Rosen. It no longer does business in Haiti. But when it did, former congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II, a staunch supporter of former Haitian strongman Jean Bertrand Aristide, was on the board. So too was President Bill Clinton's former aide, Thomas "Mack" McLarty, and former Mississippi Democratic Gov. Ray Mabus. In other words, the Fusion name was synonymous with the Who's Who of the Democratic Party.
Democrats were important to Aristide. President Clinton used the U.S. military to restore him to power in 1994 after he had been deposed in a coup, in part because he was fond of inciting violence against his political opponents. Upon his return in 1994, Aristide resumed his despotic ways. Haitians begged for U.S. help but their pleas fell on deaf ears. In February 2004, Aristide was finally run out of the country.


Wild Thing's comment........

Mabus is a Koolaid drinking Obama hack. Also he was Mississippi’s version of Bill Clinton.

And two years in the Navy, that usually goes to someone that has been in longer doesn't it???

The alleged administration continues to run aground.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67

Posted by Wild Thing at March 28, 2009 06:50 AM


Two Years? What did he do with the other four?
The standard obligation of service for a long time was six years in a combination of active and reserve. Then it went to eight years. The normal deal now is four years active and four years reserve. The exception being Navy Nuclear Power, in that program, you give Uncle Sam the whole shebang. But a two year active hitch makes him an expert? Hell, I have over twice that time AT SEA.
Five years, Six months and six days right off of my last DD-214. I could be SecNav.

Posted by: Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET at March 28, 2009 08:37 AM

My error. He was a ROTC Surface Warfare Officer. But if memory serves me an obligation is just that. Most ROTC commitements were for at least five years. So the question remains, what happened to the rest of his obligated service requirement?
Remember, this is from a man who only had one EAOS take effect and that was the day I retired from active duty and transfered to the Fleet Reserve. From that point for ten years I was still subject to call up if required. Then I was placed on the Permanent Retired List.
And the age old Airdales vs. Surface pukes has reared it's head. But at least he was in.

Posted by: Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET at March 28, 2009 08:46 AM

Glenn, good point. He could have been caught up in the draw down of forces that took place as Vietnam wound down.

Service Secretaries are basically political positions. I always looked at their jobs as the mediators between the Flag Officers and SecDef. The best Air Force Secretary we ever had, IMO, was Dr. Sheila Widnall who was appointed by Bill Clinton. She never served in the military but she did a lot for us and did her best to take care of the troops. When General Fogelman, Chief of Staff, resigned because of Clinton's policies, she resigned along with him. She was well liked by the Airmen.

Posted by: BobF at March 28, 2009 09:54 AM

He may have been involved in the draw down, ok, but how does that qualify him to be Secretary of the Navy. I believe the USS Little Rock was a Cruiser, usually a flag ship for an amphibious force Out of Newport R.I.. He didn't even go to the 'Canoe Club' and was probably , at best a JG.

So he has no experience in the Navy, Hell a Seaman deuce knows more about the Navy that this Clinton Re-tread. Now this Bozo will be giving orders to CMC and the Navy...This is f***ing unbelievable.

We are in deep shit.

Posted by: Mark at March 28, 2009 11:00 AM

Look at the dates, 1970-72. And he was an undergraduate student, may have been flunking out. He may have been trying to avoid the draft and had some political connections that got him in the Navy for just two years. This is not an unusual background for a lot of todays politicians around 60 who had political connections that kept them out of ground combat in Nam. Ted Kennedy's connections kept him out of the Korean War.

Posted by: TomR at March 28, 2009 12:45 PM

Another one who had their political 'ticket punched' during the Vietnam War and another Fascist loving gem in Obama's Communist jewelbox. Why him? Is it Obama's plan for an insider to facilitate the downsizing of the Navy?

Posted by: Jack at March 28, 2009 03:00 PM

Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET, thank
you so much. I was surprised only
because I had always assumed those
at the top usually had the most
years or something. It kind of
took me by surprise when I saw
the years of service.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 28, 2009 06:43 PM

BobF, that is really interesting,
I never knew that before. Thank
you for telling about Dr. Sheila

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 28, 2009 06:45 PM

Mark,yes, Obama is really setting up
a remarkable machine (in a bad way)
for his agenda to be completed.
Oh my gosh did I just type that,
all of a sudden I felt like we are
talking about another country, not
America. whew these moments of
reality hitting are not good.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 28, 2009 06:50 PM

Tom, I didn't know that about
Kennedy, thank you.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 28, 2009 06:58 PM

Jack, good point, the thing with
Obama is we really have to wonder
what his plan is for each person
he appoints, so far they all have
been like he is, and the same

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 28, 2009 07:05 PM

This clown barely knows the "pointy end" from the "blunt end".

Nice choice, Light-Bringer™ !

Posted by: Rick at March 29, 2009 12:35 AM