Obama Foreign Policy Transition Criticized For Zinni Mess: "Amateurish"

03/09/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Democratic foreign policy hands say that a senior Marine general's public frustration with Obama's top aides is a symptom of a national security transition that has been historically speedy--and at times opaque, chaotic, and deeply frustrating for some of Obama's supporters and would-be aides.

Retired General Anthony Zinni told Foreign Policy that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Advisor James Jones had both indicated to him that he would be Ambassador to Iraq, and that Vice President Joe Biden "called and congratulated me" on getting the job.

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