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Bush Bypasses Senate:
Installs Eric S. Edelman as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

AP 9aug2005

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Bush Bypasses Senate: Installs Eric S. Edelman as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy - AP 9aug2005

 

Bush Bypasses Senate: Installs Eric S. Edelman as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy - AP 9aug2005

President Bush for the second time in a week used a constitutional power to bypass the Senate and fill a senior Pentagon post with an official whose nomination was stalled in the Senate.

The White House announced on Tuesday that Bush named Eric S. Edelman to be undersecretary of defense for policy, the chief policy adviser to the secretary of defense. Edelman replaces Douglas J. Feith, whose battles with Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., over the release of documents related to Iraq stalled Edelman's nomination.

Edelman is a career foreign service officer. He served as ambassador to Turkey from July 2003 to June 2005 and he was a national security assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney from February 2001 to June 2003.

Edelman's nomination to replace Feith was sent to the Senate on May 16.

The Constitution gives the president the authority to put an official in a position without waiting for Senate confirmation when Congress is in recess. The official then can serve until the end of the current Congress, which in this case is January 2007.

Last week Bush approved a recess appointment for Peter Flory to be assistant secretary of defense for international security policy, a post that had not been filled by a Senate-confirmed official since J.D. Crouch left in 2004.

On Aug. 1 Bush used the same power to install John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations.

photo source: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/pix/amb/portraits/eur/25445.htm 10aug2005


Press Release / White House 9aug2005

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate one individual, appoint five individuals, and recess appoint one individual to serve in his Administration:

The President intends to appoint Alan R. Nelson of Arkansas, to be Alternate Federal Cochairperson at the Delta Regional Authority. Mr. Nelson is presently the Director of Communications for Arkansas Governor Michael Huckabee. He is currently the Governor's alternate to the Delta Regional Authority Board. Mr. Nelson graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in communications and a minor in political philosophy from Ouachita Baptist University.

The President intends to appoint Andre B. Lacy of Indiana, to be a Member of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Advisory Committee on the Arts.

The President intends to appoint Lance Edward Armstrong of Texas, to be a Member of the President's Cancer Panel, for the remainder of a three-year term expiring February 20, 2008.

The President intends to appoint Zell Miller of Georgia, to be a Member of the American Battle Monuments Commission.

The President intends to nominate John E. Maupin, Jr. of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Social Security Advisory Board, for the remainder of a six-year term expiring September 30, 2010.

The President intends to reappoint Pamela Nelson of Texas, to be a Member of the Commission of Fine Arts, for a four-year term.

The President has signed the recess appointment of Eric S. Edelman of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. President Bush announced the intention to nominate Mr. Edelman on March 31, 2005, and his nomination was sent to the Senate on May 16, 2005.

source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/08/20050809-5.html 10aug2005


BIOGRAPHY / US Dept of State
Eric S. Edelman
Ambassador, Turkey
Term of Appointment: 07/22/2003 to present

On July 22, 2003, Vice President Richard B. Cheney administered the oath of office to Ambassador Eric Edelman as the new Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey. From February 2001 to June 2003, he was Principal Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs. Prior to being assigned to the Office of the Vice President, he was Ambassador to the Republic of Finland, 1998-2001. From June 1996 to July 1998, he served as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State. Mr. Edelman was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic, from June 1994 to June 1996.

From April 1993 to July 1993, he served as Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State on the New Independent States. Mr. Edelmanís areas of responsibility were defense, security, and space issues.

Mr. Edelman served as Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Soviet and East European Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) from April 1990 to April 1993.

From April 1989 to March 1990, he was Special Assistant (European Affairs) to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

Mr. Edelman served at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow 1987-89, where he was head of the external political section. He had responsibility for Soviet policies in the third world in the Office of Soviet Affairs at the Department of State from 1984 to 1986.

Previously, Mr. Edelman served as Special Assistant to Secretary of State George P. Shultz, 1982-84; a staff officer on the Secretariat Staff, 1982; a watch officer in the State Department Operations Center 1981-82; and a member of the U.S. Middle East Delegation to the West Bank/Gaza Autonomy Talks Delegations, 1980-81.

A career Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Edelman entered the Senior Foreign Service in 1992. He is a recipient of the Secretary of Defenseís award for Distinguished Civilian Service (1993) and the State Departmentís Superior Honor Award (1990 and 1996).

Mr. Edelman received a B.A. in History and Government from Cornell University in 1972, and a Ph.D. in U.S. Diplomatic History from Yale University in 1981.

Released on October 8, 2003

source: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/24997.htm 10aug2005

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