“He is obviously a person of great stature and respected by both parties and has established in the past a close relationship with then-Senator Obama,” Mr. Inderfurth said. “They both worked together on the so-called Nunn-Lugar cooperative threat reduction programs. They traveled together.”
While tapping Mr. Lugar would be “quite a statement,” Mr. Inderfurth said the president set such a precedent when he kept Republican-appointed former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates at the Pentagon well into the administration’s first term.
“Lugar, if you will, is the foreign policy equivalent of the national security specialist Robert Gates,” he said.
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Guy Taylor rejoined The Washington Times in 2011 as the State Department correspondent.
As a freelance journalist, Taylor’s work was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fund For Investigative Journalism, and his stories appeared in a variety publications, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Salon, Reason, Prospect Magazine of London, the Daily Star of Beirut, the ...
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