posted on 06/04/2011 5:29:26 AM PDT
It is perhaps safe to assume that Robert Gates is carrying water for the Obama administrationan outgoing official putting out some necessary if slightly unpalatable political truths. Gates is an intensely disciplined man; he has not been a free-lancer, but instead has forged a tight personal and political relationship with President Obama. His swan song in Washington is most likely his gift to those left with maintaining and defending the American position in Iraq and in the Persian Gulf.
I'm not so sure; Gates broke pretty publicly over Obama's Osama victory dance, when all sorts of details about the mission were publicly revealed.
posted on 06/04/2011 5:41:03 AM PDT
Sheesh. I guess some people would hire a football coach with a record of 0 - 100 and then say he’s a good coach because he’s nice to the cheerleaders. In war, there is no substitute for victory. I’m sick of people towing the liberal line while working for the government, and then, miraculously, they discover that they disagreed with those liberal policies when they retire. Then, they write a book. Have the guts to do the right thing while serving or live with your guilty conscience instead of foisting self-congratulating books on the public.
posted on 06/04/2011 6:26:21 AM PDT
("A crack shot and a good dancer")
The last time anybody proclaimed “Mission Accomplished” in regards to Iraq, it backfired.
I think Gates needs to wait a good 5 years before passing judgement.
posted on 06/04/2011 10:53:29 AM PDT
the most advanced Arab democracy in the region
“highest-scoring white guy on the college basketball team”
“least-biased New York Times reporter”
“most aggressive Federal budget cutter”
or, like my older daughter, “Student of Color with the highest grade point average”
posted on 06/04/2011 11:58:10 AM PDT
(Obama: "Get back inside '67 borders." / Helen Thomas:"Go back to Poland and Germany!")
In the early 1970’s physicist Edward Teller was warning Congress and the White House that failure to develop nuclear power as the prime energy source would force the U.S. in 20 years to seize oil fields in the Middle East by armed invasion.
posted on 06/04/2011 2:40:10 PM PDT
by Brad from Tennessee
(A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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