Was anybody surprised by this revelation, that a surrogate President might want a ... personal army?
The Democrats appear to have no comprehensive "liberal" strategy for national security issues of this type. It's a pity. They could find winnable electoral issues, I think.
Indeed, to some, team Obama's more-of-the-same is well off track.
Last, of course, we see that the Bush Administration, at the top, was conceptually clueless about how to wage a war against an organization like al-qaeda. And, their process of 'discovery' was so bad and so influenced by their GOP political ideology, that it took years, nearly a trillion dollars of debt-spending, and hundreds of American servicemen's lives for the leaders to clue in, let alone the havoc brought to non-Americans.