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Published:November 7th, 2008 16:10 EST
First Wartime Transfer of Power Since Vietnam War

First Wartime Transfer of Power Since Vietnam War

By Robert Paul Reyes

The United States is suffering the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, it`s not surprising that the sorry state of the economy dominates the news.

Robert GatesThe Wall Street meltdown monopolizes the conversation around the water cooler and in kitchen tables across this great nation. Households are struggling to make ends meet, and we don`t have enough energy to focus on the Iraq quagmire.

It`s not surprising that Americans seem to have forgotten that we are a nation at war. President-elect Obama must not concentrate on the economic crisis at the expense of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama must deal with these two pressing problems at the same time, fortunately he has the intelligence and the wisdom to multitask.

"Pentagon officials have begun preparing for the first transfer of power during war since Vietnam. They insist that the complicated transfer from the Bush administration to the Obama administration will go smoothly.

President Bush met Thursday with members of his Cabinet, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and urged them to cooperate.

`We`re in a struggle against violent extremists determined to attack us, and they would like nothing more than to exploit this period of change to harm the American people,` Bush said."

The Bush years have been a disaster, but hopefully Bush will do an adequate job in handling the transfer of power. It`s imperative that bipartisanship be the order of the day during the transition period.

President-elect Obama should retain Robert Gates as Defense Secretary to ensure a smooth transition. I have full confidence that President Bush and President-elect will do a good job during this critical time.