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Gates Lashes Out at Leakers
American Forces Press Service ^ | Donna Miles

Posted on 11/12/2009 3:54:06 PM PST by SandRat

EN ROUTE TO OSHKOSH, Wis., Nov. 12, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today condemned a spate of leaks regarding both the Afghanistan strategy deliberations and last week's shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, threatening to fire anyone in the Defense Department he finds is involved.

"I am appalled by the amount of leaking that has been going on," Gates told reporters traveling with him today in the wake of media reports following yesterday's national security session on Afghanistan, President Barack Obama's eighth in the past two months.

Gates said he has little doubt that some of those leaks have come from within the Defense Department. "If I found out who" was involved, he said, "it would probably be a career ender."

Leaking information as Obama is weighing critical factors serves neither the interest of the country nor the military, the secretary said. He refrained from sharing his own views about the best option, but said Obama appears to be leaning toward one that combines parts of various alternatives presented so far.

The question, he said, comes down to "How do we signal resolve, and at the same time, signal to the Afghans and the American people that this is not open-ended?"

Returning to the leaking issue, Gates condemned information made public about the alleged Fort Hood gunman that he said could jeopardize the investigation.

"Everybody out there with their own little piece of the action" doesn't understand how it fits into the big picture, he said. "Everybody out there ought to just shut up."

Gates spoke with reporters en route to Oshkosh, Wis., where he said he wants to thank factory workers at the Oshkosh Corp. who have stepped up production of all-terrain versions of the mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle specifically designed for Afghanistan's rugged terrain.

The M-ATVs, as the special MRAP vehicles are known, are part of the defensive response to roadside bombs responsible for more than 80 percent of casualties in Afghanistan, Gates said. Going after the networks that build and plant them is the offensive part of the response, he added.

Gates also announced a new task force focused on protecting U.S. troops in Afghanistan against improvised explosive devices. The new counter-IED task force will oversee the full range of efforts already under way, including the Joint IED Defeat Organization, MRAP production and other measures.

"It will bring together the range of capabilities we already have, and make them more collaborated and more integrated," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell explained.

Gates conceded that while M-ATVs provide more troop protection, very large IEDs being seen in Afghanistan pose a huge threat. "There is nothing that can protect our troops against everything," he said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: gates; lashing; leakers; out
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1 posted on 11/12/2009 3:54:10 PM PST by SandRat
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Its called politics, Gates, get with the program.


2 posted on 11/12/2009 3:55:00 PM PST by cranked
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To: SandRat

Whats a little leakage between friends there big guy?


3 posted on 11/12/2009 3:55:16 PM PST by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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He refrained from sharing his own views about the best option, but said Obama appears to be leaning toward one that combines parts of various alternatives presented so far.

Clever, then he can pick and choose the blame when things go wrong.

Sickening.

4 posted on 11/12/2009 3:57:29 PM PST by Jean S
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To: SandRat
"Everybody out there with their own little piece of the action" doesn't understand how it fits into the big picture, he said. "Everybody out there ought to just shut up."

Obama taught him well.

5 posted on 11/12/2009 3:58:33 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Socialism is the plundering of the productive by the unaccountable)
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To: SandRat

Hey Gates : Daniel Ellsburg, Pentagon Papers ring a bell?


6 posted on 11/12/2009 3:59:04 PM PST by alpo
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Betcha Barry chewed Gates’ butt over the leaks about his dithering on Afghanistan. Makes Barry look bad, as it should.
7 posted on 11/12/2009 3:59:21 PM PST by colorado tanker (What's it all about, Barrrrry? Is it just for the power, you live?)
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While I'm all fro the leaks coming out about the Afghanistan war, I'm going to side with Gates with respect to the Ft. Hood terrorist. These leaks could theoretically compromise the prosecution's case. And, they could come back to bite the prosecution on appeal, well after Obama leaves office.

As much as I'd like to know about this shooter, I'm hoping the leaks on his case stop, quickly.

8 posted on 11/12/2009 4:00:08 PM PST by OldDeckHand (Obamacare - So bad, even Joe Lieberman isn't going to vote for it.)
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To: SandRat

I am appalled he is the Secretary of Defense — does that count?


9 posted on 11/12/2009 4:02:22 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Coburn - Senate 2010 ! Take Back the House/Senate! Stop ZERO!)
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Compromise the case against a cold-blooded, murdering terrorist?

What appeals court would order that guy released on a technicality?

10 posted on 11/12/2009 4:03:33 PM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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WOW

Be a shame if we knew what was going on within our only country...wouldnt it...


11 posted on 11/12/2009 4:04:17 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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Yo, Robby, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this stuff out. Besides, didn’t your boss promise transparency?


12 posted on 11/12/2009 4:05:04 PM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: SandRat

Someone needs to tell the truth, Gates.


13 posted on 11/12/2009 4:05:33 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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“Everybody out there ought to just shut up.”

Yawn. Another politician telling the restless peasants to just shut up.

Well, I didn’t shut up: I sent this worthless numbnuts an email sharing a piece of my mind the other day after his Fort Hood statement.


14 posted on 11/12/2009 4:05:43 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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Leaking is negatively correlated with trust. Since many of the DOD personnel don’t trust the 0bama administration there will be lots of leaks.

If the DOD had not tried to blow smoke up everyone’s butts on who Hasan was and their own incompetence there would not be as much motivation to leak. If 0bama had not had 8 briefings about Afghanistan and still unwilling to make a decision, there would not be leaks by people frustrated with his ditherings.

The only problems I had with leaks in the Bush administration were when they endangered the lives of our soldiers or citizens by providing information or incentives to our enemies.


15 posted on 11/12/2009 4:08:08 PM PST by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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“The question, he said, comes down to “How do we signal resolve, and at the same time, signal to the Afghans and the American people that this is not open-ended?”

Send a telegram...or in today’s world, text them!

Do NOT ‘send signals’ with American lives!


16 posted on 11/12/2009 4:08:20 PM PST by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: SandRat
Gates. Go shine Obama’s shoes.
17 posted on 11/12/2009 4:08:26 PM PST by McGruff (We're Going Rogue Baby!)
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority
"What appeals court would order that guy released on a technicality? "

I don't think he'd walk, but appellate courts seem to be always looking for ways to set aside a DP sentence. The prosecution in this capital case, like all capital cases, has to be as "clean" as possible.

And, don't forget that unlike the civilian court, in military court, the prosecution has to avoid something called "unlawful command influence". If HQDA, DOD, SecDef or even the President were seen as trying to influence the jury or public opinion, it would be grounds for appeal. The defense already made comments as such just a few days ago - like all defense attorneys in military capital cases, UCI is their best friend.

18 posted on 11/12/2009 4:09:38 PM PST by OldDeckHand (Obamacare - So bad, even Joe Lieberman isn't going to vote for it.)
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To: SandRat

Where ya been? It’s journalistic currency. In Washington, leaks are the coin of the realm.


19 posted on 11/12/2009 4:18:05 PM PST by Oratam
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I’d never seen so much leaking as when Bush was Pres. Not a whole lot was done about it then, so good luck.


20 posted on 11/12/2009 4:22:42 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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