Best Defense

Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

Who will the next Sec Def be? I’d rather know who has turned the job down so far

I think the really interesting question about the next secretary of defense isn’t who gets it, but how many people turn down the job. I mean, with this White House staff, what is the upside of trying to run the Pentagon? Unless you have total White House backing in the first place, the job is ...

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I think the really interesting question about the next secretary of defense isn't who gets it, but how many people turn down the job.

I mean, with this White House staff, what is the upside of trying to run the Pentagon? Unless you have total White House backing in the first place, the job is almost impossible. Without such a commitment, it is just a nightmare.

I think the really interesting question about the next secretary of defense isn’t who gets it, but how many people turn down the job.

I mean, with this White House staff, what is the upside of trying to run the Pentagon? Unless you have total White House backing in the first place, the job is almost impossible. Without such a commitment, it is just a nightmare.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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