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Gates Warns of Any Future Wars Like Iraq, Afghanistan [Iraq and Afghanistan-“The Captains' Wars”]
PressTV ^ | Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:19PM | Staff

Posted on 02/26/2011 7:59:10 AM PST by fight_truth_decay

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates bluntly told an audience of West Point cadets on Friday that it would be unwise for the United States to ever fight another war like Iraq or Afghanistan, and that the chances of carrying out a change of regime in that fashion again are slim.

"In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should 'have his head examined,' as General MacArthur so delicately put it,"Mr. Gates told an assembly of Army cadets. Huffington Post

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"The odds of repeating another Afghanistan or Iraq -- invading, pacifying and administering a large third-world country -- may be low," Gates said.

He did not directly criticize the Bush administration's decisions to go to war. Even so, his never-again formulation was unusually pointed, especially at a time of upheaval across the Arab world and beyond.

He said Iraq and Afghanistan had become known as “the captains' wars” because “officers of lower and lower rank were put in the position of making decisions of higher and higher degrees of consequence and complexity.”

Gates has said that he would leave office this year, and the speech at West Point could be heard as his farewell to the Army. NYT

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; iraq; robertgates; westpoint
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1 posted on 02/26/2011 7:59:12 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Gates is turning into a real piece of work. I use to respect this guy - then I discovered he is apparently a closet liberal.


2 posted on 02/26/2011 8:00:19 AM PST by macquire
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To: fight_truth_decay

He should be fired.

He has essentially squandered most of America’s global political capital expended in these two wars.

Essentially, all Global tyrants should know and enjoy an expressed axiom of Gates that the US will never meaningfully interfere with another state.

Nice.


3 posted on 02/26/2011 8:04:02 AM PST by lonestar67 (I remember when unemployment was 4.7 percent)
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To: fight_truth_decay

So when we are attacked again, we simply do nothing....well except pay for defense of the terrorists.


4 posted on 02/26/2011 8:04:32 AM PST by Freddd
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To: fight_truth_decay

Another coward in the DoD, has Gates converted to Islam? Can we strip this prick of his retirement after 2012?


5 posted on 02/26/2011 8:04:46 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: fight_truth_decay
"The odds of repeating another Afghanistan or Iraq -- invading, pacifying and administering a large third-world country -- may be low," Gates said.

The odds "may" be low? What kind of weaselly worded crap is this?

6 posted on 02/26/2011 8:06:47 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: macquire

I don’t see too much wrong in what Gates said at West Point. George Washington warned against foreign entanglements. MacArthur warned about about armed commitment in Asia. Eisenhower cautioned against excessive military expenditure. Louis XIV ruined France through many wars. There’s a time to conserve and build national strength through a less aggressive and activist policy. American blood is too precious to sacrifice on the other side of the world.


7 posted on 02/26/2011 8:07:32 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Freddd

In all wars the Captains and NCO’s have had to make the tough decisions on the ground. What’s new? What is new is that they now have a dozen lawyers for every battalion of troops that act as political officers..second guessing every decision. Plus bureaucrats like Gates making the rules of engagement.
So would I send another Army to another sandbox to fix them? No not with leaders like him.


8 posted on 02/26/2011 8:07:58 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: fight_truth_decay

AGAIN I say what does Gates have on the Bush(41, 43) Family that they would keep appointing him? A dead Woman or a live boy? He screwed up CIA, TX A & M and now DoD. I hate this BASTARD!


9 posted on 02/26/2011 8:08:47 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: fight_truth_decay

That MacArthur was a real left-wing nut wasn’t he. He gave Kennedy some very bad advice, as did that lefty Commandant of the marine Corps David M. Shoup.


10 posted on 02/26/2011 8:10:35 AM PST by cydcharisse (`)
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To: cydcharisse

Marine


11 posted on 02/26/2011 8:12:00 AM PST by cydcharisse (`)
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To: macquire

Me thinks thee confuses SANITY with “closet liberal”.


12 posted on 02/26/2011 8:13:27 AM PST by TiaS
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To: All
So how do I come away from Gates West Point farewell remarks?:


13 posted on 02/26/2011 8:14:25 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: TiaS

Name a place in the world more peaceful since Obama styled “sanity” walked into the White House....


14 posted on 02/26/2011 8:15:23 AM PST by macquire
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Ya, better to sacrifice it here after they cleared out our allies over there....


15 posted on 02/26/2011 8:16:44 AM PST by macquire
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

What’s wrong with what he said:

1. We HAVE successfully accomplished the missions he describes.

2. In a dangerous World, he signals enemies that we won’t do it again.


16 posted on 02/26/2011 8:17:07 AM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: Freddd

Well Freddd we could just use the AF and bomb the crap outa them............


17 posted on 02/26/2011 8:17:11 AM PST by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Oh, also if he criticized officers as “low” as captain making complex decisions, I thought that always was a unique strength of the US Armed Forces, right down to the enlisted man.


18 posted on 02/26/2011 8:19:54 AM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: macquire
better to sacrifice it here after they cleared out our allies over there....

What some people call allies, George Washington called entangling alliances. I'll go with George Washington.

19 posted on 02/26/2011 8:21:07 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: fight_truth_decay

In 1964 my father, a US Army major stationed at Schofield Barracks, took part in a 4 month exercise in Thailand, a SEATO exercise code named LOGTRAIN. The purpose of the exercise was to examine the feasibility of logistically supporting a major land force in South East Asia. He told me the results of the exercise was that while we could supply a large land force in Asia with supplies and equipment, in the long run we could not effectively win the war because of how long it would take to win.


20 posted on 02/26/2011 8:21:36 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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