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  • Gates on Russia and U.S. Leadership

    05/11/2014 9:41:41 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies ^ | May 11, 2014 | Ellison Barber
    As the United States watches Russia, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warned that the gridlock and lack of international leadership in Washington, D.C. was becoming the greatest national security threat facing the United States. Gates’ comments came during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I think the greatest national security threat to this country at this point is the two square miles that encompasses the Capitol building and the White House… I think that other countries are watching us very carefully,” Gates said. “Other countries, whether it’s Russia or China or Iran or North Korea, are looking to...
  • NBC's Lauer Grills Bob Gates on 'Dangerous or Dishonorable' Criticism of Obama

    01/13/2014 11:09:51 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 47 replies ^ | January 13, 2014 | Kyle Drennen
    During a live interview with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer suggested that criticism of President Obama in Gates's new memoir was endangering American troops overseas: "As this criticism is leveled by you in the book of the commander-in-chief, the acting commander-in-chief, at a time when some 40,000 U.S. troops are in harm's way, do you think that by calling him into question at this stage it is either dangerous or dishonorable?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] After Gates rejected the notion, Lauer insisted: "But you don't think...
  • The Quiet Fury of Robert Gates

    01/08/2014 4:56:22 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 57 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 7, 2013 | Robert M. Gates
    All too often during my 4½ years as secretary of defense, when I found myself sitting yet again at that witness table at yet another congressional hearing, I was tempted to stand up, slam the briefing book shut and quit on the spot. The exit lines were on the tip of my tongue: I may be the secretary of defense, but I am also an American citizen, and there is no son of a bitch in the world who can talk to me like that. I quit. Find somebody else. It was, I am confident, a fantasy widely shared throughout...
  • Gates slams Biden in new memoir

    01/07/2014 12:50:00 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    January 07, 2014, 02:52 pm Gates slams Biden in new memoir By Rebecca Shabad Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates slams Vice President Joe Biden in a new memoir, saying Biden has been wrong on "nearly every" major foreign policy and national security issues for the past 40 years. Gates calls Biden “a man of integrity,” but questions his judgment, writes The New York Times. The paper obtained an advance copy of the book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” which will be released next week. “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national...
  • Benghazi-gate fruits of pseudo Obamanism's not to call the global enemy by name (radical Islam)

    10/12/2012 8:13:36 AM PDT · by Milagros · 10 replies
    Benghazi-gate direct result of pseudo Obamanism's not to call global the enemy by name (radical Islam) Obama's direct order to de-Islamize the war on terror war on terror and possibly to the endangering the love of our people in Libya, on the 11th anniversary of another Islamic jihad attack, 911. Obama's CHOICE of biased Arabist Robert Gate, is also as devastating to blur any clarity that anti-Americanism is mainly driven by ideology. Though, Islamists (whether Taliban or al-Qaida, Ansar al Sharia, Hamas, Boko Haram, Hezbollah or Abu Sayyef), capitalize on any opportunities.
  • Meet The Press: Hillary Big-Foots Bob Gates

    03/27/2011 8:34:20 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 53 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | MARK Finkelstein
    Did the Secretary of Defense need to be defended . . . or jerked back into line? Hillary Clinton apparently thought so. It was a stunning power play. On Meet The Press this morning, after Defense Secretary Bob Gates conceded that Libya is not a "vital interest" of the United States--but before he could complete his comments--Hillary cut him off. She launched into a minute-and-forty-second monologue seeking to justify US military involvement in Libya. Gates had to sit and take it . . . and never got to say another word. View video here.
  • 'Don't ask, don't tell' to be released day earlier than planned

    11/21/2010 11:18:34 PM PST · by onyx · 29 replies
    WaPo ^ | November 22, 2010 1:13 AM | By Ed O'Keefe
    Signaling the growing seriousness of the Obama administration's commitment this year to ending the military's ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces, the Defense Department said Sunday that it will release a long-awaited report on the matter earlier than planned because senators are eager to vote on whether to repeal the policy. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has ordered the report to be released on Nov. 30, one day earlier than planned, "to support Congress's wish to consider repeal before they adjourn," Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Sunday. The Senate is slated to vote again on a defense...
  • Gates wants to retire in 2011

    08/16/2010 8:11:12 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | August 16, 2010 10:43 a.m. EDT | Chris Lawrence and Ed Henry
    Washington (CNN) -- Defense Robert Gates is expected to leave his post in the spring of 2011, a senior administration source told CNN on Monday. A Pentagon spokesman confirmed that Gates wants to retire some time next year. Gates was quoted in an article in the magazine Foreign Policy published Monday saying he wanted to step down before the end of 2011. ... In addition, the senior official said, Gates does not want a potentially difficult confirmation battle for his successor to take place in the presidential election year of 2012.
  • U.S. Urges Allies to Crack Down on WikiLeaks

    08/10/2010 9:36:30 AM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 10, 2010 | Philip Shenon
    The Obama administration has asked Britain, Germany, Australia, and other allies to consider criminal charges against Julian Assange for his Afghan war leaks. Philip Shenon reports. The Obama administration is pressing Britain, Germany, Australia, and other allied Western governments to consider opening criminal investigations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and to severely limit his nomadic travels across international borders, American officials say. Officials tell The Daily Beast that the U.S. effort reflects a growing belief that WikiLeaks and organizations like it threaten grave damage to American national security, as well as a growing suspicion in Washington that Assange has damaged...
  • Gates to Cut Major Military Command in Virginia, Officials Say

    08/09/2010 9:36:32 AM PDT · by Doogle · 70 replies
    AP VIA FOX ^ | 08/09/10 | AP via FOX
    WASHINGTON -- Officials briefed on the decision say Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to eliminate a major military command in Norfolk, Va., and try to cut the Pentagon's use of outside contractors by 10 percent next year. The plan was to be announced at a Pentagon press conference on Monday. It is part of a broader effort to trim $100 billion from the military's mammoth budget in the next five years, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan begin to wind down and Congress turns its attention more to domestic priorities.
  • From "Don't ask don't tell" to Brokeback Military

    02/05/2010 7:34:50 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 20 replies · 487+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 2/5/10 | Alaphiah
    As the Military begins to move from “Don’t ask, don’t tell” to take your Christian White Anglo-Saxon American values and go to hell. One thing that becomes quite apparent, and that is president Soetoro is right; we are no longer a Christian nation. (see 17sec. video) President Soetoro has pressed the reset button on a classic cultural war in America. Sensing that his domestic policies are in serious jeopardy Soetoro fell back to a stock Liberal ideology which is meant to stir up his base—homosexuality. It is absolutely fascinating to see the big lumbering politically correct ...
  • Gates: Panel has one year to plan for end to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

    02/02/2010 10:19:37 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 47 replies · 797+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 3, 2010 | By Leo Shane III,
    Related Story: Mention of gay troops in State of the Union offers little clarity to path ahead WASHINGTON — Military commanders will look for ways to stop enforcing the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” law but could still take years to fully get rid of it, according to a plan outlined by Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gates said he will establish a panel to examine how to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay troops, with a goal of creating an implementation plan by the end of the year. The...
  • Gates rules out airdropping aid for fear of riots

    01/15/2010 6:23:42 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 62 replies · 2,125+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 16, 2010 | By Jeff Schogol,
    ARLINGTON, Va. — Top defense officials have ruled out airdropping food, water and medical supplies over Haiti, fearing that chaos would be the unintended result. “It seems to me that without having any structure on the ground, in terms of distribution, that an airdrop is simply going to lead to riots as people try and go after that stuff,” said Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday. On Thursday, an Air Force official said that a lack of fuel and equipment was slowing air operations at the Port-au-Prince airport. The first of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson’s 19 helicopters have...
  • AP Exclusive: Gates to stay at Pentagon this year

    01/07/2010 6:18:54 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 338+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 7, 2010 | ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's most prominent holdover from the Bush administration—Defense Secretary Robert Gates—is staying on for at least another year. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told The Associated Press late Thursday that Gates and Obama agreed last month that Gates would stay on as Pentagon chief. The commitment is open-ended, but would be for at least the rest of 2010.
  • Gates hints at more Iran nuke sites

    09/27/2009 8:02:20 PM PDT · by pissant · 11 replies · 746+ views
    Wash Examiner ^ | 9/27/09 | Sue Ferrechio
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates strongly hinted on Sunday that Iran may be concealing other nuclear facilities in the country, beyond the uranium enrichment facility disclosed Friday by President Barack Obama and other leaders at the G-20 Summit. This Week host George Stephanopoulos asked Gates if the newly discovered site is "the only secret site that we know of." After a pause, Gates said, "I'm not going to get into that. I would just say that we are watching closely." Gates told Stephanopoulos there is "not a chance" the United States will heed the request of Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and...
  • 'No Doubt' New Iranian Nuke Facility is 'Illicit,' Gates Concludes

    09/27/2009 7:50:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1,905+ views (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | Sept. 27, 2009 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    Note: The following text is a quote: NEWS ARTICLE ‘No Doubt’ New Iranian Nuke Facility is ‘Illicit,’ Gates Concludes By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2009 – Revelations that Iran has covertly been building an underground nuclear-fuel processing plant belie the Iranian-government’s denials that it is attempting to develop nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said on the Sunday TV talk show circuit today. “We’ve been watching the construction of this facility for quite some time and one of the reasons that we’ve waited to make it public was to ensure that our conclusions...
  • Obama at the Precipice [Radical Left NY Times Columnist-Frank Rich-Demands 0 to Snub Generals]

    09/27/2009 6:13:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies · 1,041+ views
    NYTimes ^ | September 27, 2009
    Obama at the Precipice FRANK RICH September 26, 2009 THE most intriguing, and possibly most fateful, news of last week could not be found in the health care horse-trading in Congress, or in the international zoo at the United Nations, or in the Iran slapdown in Pittsburgh. It was an item tucked into a blog at George Stephanopoulos reported that the new “must-read book” for President Obama’s war team is “Lessons in Disaster” by Gordon M. Goldstein, a foreign-policy scholar who had collaborated with McGeorge Bundy, the Kennedy-Johnson national security adviser, on writing a Robert McNamara-style mea culpa about...
  • Defense Secretary Robert Gates Says Severe Sanctions On Iran Could Work [Go Tell That To Israel!]

    09/27/2009 1:08:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 50 replies · 1,674+ views
    LATimes ^ | September 27, 2009
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates Says Severe Sanctions On Iran Could Work Gates says additional sanctions may force an economically squeezed Iran to change its nuclear policy. He questions the value of military strikes. By Paul Richter September 27, 2009 Reporting from Washington - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today the severe sanctions the West is threatening against Iran could force a change in the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions, especially since the country is already under severe economic distress. Speaking as officials from six world powers prepare to meet with Iranian negotiators this week to discuss Tehran's nuclear program, Gates...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 27 September 2009

    09/27/2009 5:11:31 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 262 replies · 8,499+ views
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 27 September 2009 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, September 27th, 2009 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Kit Bond, R-Mo.; Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell; conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former President Bill Clinton, New York Gov. David Patterson and Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Jim Webb, D-Va.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.THIS WEEK (ABC): Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.
  • Gates: AP decision 'Apalling'

    09/04/2009 5:01:41 PM PDT · by teevolt · 26 replies · 1,667+ views
    Politico ^ | Sep 4, 2009 | Mike Allen
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates is objecting “in the strongest terms” to an Associated Press decision to transmit a photograph showing a mortally wounded 21-year-old Marine in his final moments of life, calling the decision “appalling” and a breach of “common decency.” The AP reported that the Marine’s father had asked – in an interview and in a follow-up phone call — that the image, taken by an embedded photographer, not be published. The AP reported in a story that it decided to make the image public anyway, because it “conveys the grimness of war and the sacrifice of young men...
  • North Korea's intentions on missile test are unclear, Gates says

    06/01/2009 3:45:00 PM PDT · by Flavius · 15 replies · 511+ views
    la times ^ | June 1, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes
    Reporting from Manila -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates acknowledged today that North Korea may be preparing for another long-range missile test but said Pyongyang's intentions were in doubt. Gates offered few details but said "there were some signs" that North Korea was putting a Taepodong 2 missile onto a launch pad.
  • Republicans turn on Dick Cheney over Barack Obama attack

    05/23/2009 11:27:00 AM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 352 replies · 5,187+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 5/23/09 | Leonard Doyle
    n his audacious attack on a sitting president last week, Mr Cheney declared that America was less safe from terrorism after Mr Obama's decision to abandon violent interrogation methods and close Guantanamo. But once the cheering had died down on talk radio and cable television, discordant voices emerged from the Right to challenge Mr Cheney's defence of the Bush-era legacy. "Yeah, I disagree with Dick Cheney," said Tom Ridge, who was appointed by the Bush-Cheney administration to set up and run the Department of Homeland Security in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks on America. Mr Ridge spoke out...
  • Gates Praises West Point Graduates for Enlisting During 'Dangerous New Century'

    05/23/2009 11:39:51 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 5 replies · 376+ views ^ | 5/23/2009
    Cadets graduating from West Point were praised by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Saturday for having the courage and patriotism to join the military in "a dangerous new century." Gates noted that the 970 members of the U.S. Military Academy's class of 2009 were preparing their West Point applications in late 2004, even as American forces were battling fiercely in Fallujah in Iraq. "You made your decision to serve knowing not only that America was at war, as did every man or woman who joined the military after Sept. 11, but that this war would be bloody and difficult,...
  • Obama Orders Gates To Update Plan For Iran Strike

    05/23/2009 9:17:25 AM PDT · by Fennie · 67 replies · 3,368+ views
    Ynet News ^ | May 22, 2009 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    WASHINGTON - US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Friday that President Barack Obama had asked him to update the plans for the use of military force against Iran which were prepared during former President George W. Bush's term. In an interview to NBC television's Today show, the American defense secretary explained that "presidents always ask their military to have a range of contingency plans available to them. And all I would say is that, as a result of our dialogue with the president, we have refreshed our plans and all options are on the table."
  • Gates Conducts Lively Give-and-Take With Deployed Marines

    05/07/2009 4:39:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 441+ views
    CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan, May 7, 2009 – The question-and-answer session Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates opened here today with newly deployed Marines started with a pregnant pause, but quickly moved into a lively give-and-take about everything from deployment lengths to current and possible future military operations. The group, mostly members of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Marine Wing Support Squadron 37 and Marine Combat Logistics Battalion 3, took advantage of the opportunity to ask the defense secretary about issues on their minds. Asked about security along the Pakistan-Afghan border, Gates credited the Pakistani government with cracking down on Taliban forces...
  • Gates: Bombing Iran won’t stop them from getting nukes

    04/30/2009 3:56:49 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies · 906+ views ^ | April 30, 2009 | Allahpundit
    It’s too late. And probably has been for a long time. Gates told a Senate panel that a military option would only delay Iran’s nuclear ambitions and drive the program further underground, making it more difficult to monitor, he said. He said the better option would be for the United States and its allies to convince Iran that building a nuclear program would start an arms race that would leave the country less secure. “Their security interests are actually badly served by trying to have nuclear weapons,” Gates said. “They will start a nuclear arms race in the Middle East...
  • Gates: U.S. Not Prepared to Respond to North Korea Missile Launch

    03/29/2009 1:54:42 PM PDT · by nomoremods · 42 replies · 4,150+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3-29-09 | Bill Sammon
    The United States can do nothing to stop North Korea from breaking international law in the next 10 days by firing a missile that is unlikely to be shot down by the U.S. or its allies, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday. Appearing on "FOX News Sunday," Gates said North Korea "probably will" fire the missile, prompting host Chris Wallace to ask: "And there's nothing we can do about it?" "No," Gates answered, adding, "I would say we're not prepared to do anything about it."
  • Gates: No change soon on `don't ask, don't tell'

    03/29/2009 9:52:50 AM PDT · by DirtyHarryY2K · 14 replies · 799+ views
    2 hours ago WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't expect any change soon to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy about gays in the military. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says both he and President Barack Obama have "a lot on our plates right now." As Gates puts it, "let's push that one down the road a little bit." The White House has said Obama has begun consulting with Gates and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on how to lift the ban. Gates says that dialogue has not really progressed very far at this point in the administration. The Pentagon...
  • Gates readies big cuts in weapons

    03/23/2009 4:57:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies · 1,303+ views ^ | 3/23/09 | Bryan Bender
    As the Bush administration was drawing to a close, Robert M. Gates, whose two years as defense secretary had been devoted to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, felt compelled to warn his successor of a crisis closer to home.
  • Obama, Gates Argue Over New Nuclear Weapons

    01/27/2009 10:34:22 AM PST · by Joiseydude · 31 replies · 1,460+ views
    newsmax ^ | Tuesday, January 27, 2009 | Jim Meyers
    President Barack Obama is at odds with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and others in the military over America’s need for a new generation of nuclear warheads. While serving as President George W. Bush’s defense secretary, Gates repeatedly spoke in favor of the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program because the country’s weapons, mostly produced in the 1970s and 1980s, are aging and their effectiveness may be in the question, Time magazine reports. “Even though the days of hair-trigger superpower confrontation are over, as long as other nations possess the bomb and the means to deliver it, the United States must maintain...
  • Gates to sit out Obama inauguration (designated successor for disaster)

    01/19/2009 12:09:32 PM PST · by gondramB · 45 replies · 2,440+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Mon Jan 19, 11:17 am ET
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Defense Secretary Robert Gates will sit out Barack Obama's inauguration at an undisclosed location as the "designated successor" in the event of a catastrophe, the White House announced Monday. While the eyes of the world are glued Tuesday to Obama's historic swearing-in, attended by outgoing US President George W. Bush and both outgoing and incoming senior aides, Gates will stay away, said spokeswoman Dana Perino. "In order to ensure continuity of government, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been designated by the outgoing administration, with the concurrence of the incoming administration, to serve as the designated successor...
  • 'Endgame' for US mission in Iraq

    12/13/2008 12:18:39 PM PST · by flyfree · 19 replies · 802+ views
    US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has told US troops in Iraq that their mission there is in its "endgame".
  • Unlikely Allies: Barack Obama and Robert Gates

    11/30/2008 12:04:35 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 15 replies · 839+ views
    Fox Blog ^ | 11/30/08 | Judith Miller
    While the rhetoric about the nature of America’s struggle against Islamic militancy will undoubtedly change after January 20, the need to continue killing, imprisoning, and de-radicalizing such extremists will endure, as the latest attack in the Indian city of Mumbai so tragically attests.
  • Military Examines Role In Domestic Defense

    11/26/2008 6:08:12 PM PST · by BGHater · 32 replies · 925+ views
    AP ^ | 25 Nov 2008 | AP
    Citizen Soldiers May Need More Training On Homeland Operations, Defense Secretary Says Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday ordered his top department leaders to conduct a broad review to determine whether the military, National Guard and Reserve can adequately deal with domestic disasters and whether they have the training and equipment to defend the homeland. The 41-page memo signaled an acknowledgment that the military must better recognize the critical role of the National Guard and Reserves in homeland defense, but stopped short of requiring many specific policy changes. His memo comes in the wake of a stinging 400-page independent commission...
  • Gates Is In - There are limits to change.

    11/26/2008 9:43:13 AM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 688+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 26, 2008 | An NRO Symposium
    November 26, 2008, 6:00 a.m. Gates Is InThere are limits to change. An NRO Symposium Robert Gates will reportedly stay on at the Pentagon as defense secretary at the start of the Obama administration. Defense experts react. PETER BROOKESKeeping Secretary Gates on is a good idea. He’s been a solid performer, including guiding the incredible turn-around of the situation in Iraq. Plus, he seems to have the trust and confidence of both sides of the aisle in Congress — a definite bonus. On the practical side, with (at least) two wars ongoing, it makes bureaucratic sense for Obama’s ultimate...
  • Gates agrees to stay on under Obama

    11/25/2008 1:56:22 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies · 2,159+ views
    Gates agrees to stay on under Obama By: Mike Allen November 25, 2008 04:52 PM EST Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has agreed to stay on under President-elect Obama, according to officials in both parties. Obama plans to announce a national-security team early next week that includes Gates at the Pentagon and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as secretary of State, officials said. Retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, former Marine commandant and commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Europe, will be named national security adviser, the officials said. The national security adviser heads the National Security Council, which...
  • Official: Gates to stay at Pentagon

    11/25/2008 5:38:01 PM PST · by Jay777 · 26 replies · 1,132+ views
    AP ^ | 25 Nov 08 | BETH FOUHY
    President-elect Barack Obama will keep Defense Secretary Robert Gates in that job for at least a year, according to an official familiar the two men's discussions. Obama is expected to announce the selection of Gates and other members of a national security brain trust next week. Gates has served as President George W. Bush's defense chief for two years. Gates, a moderate with long-standing ties to Republican administrations and the Bush family, would fulfill an Obama pledge to include a Republican in his Cabinet. Retaining Gates provides stability for a stretched military fighting two wars during the turbulent changeover in...
  • The DUmmies are extremely upset over the news Robert Gates will remain SOD

    11/25/2008 4:36:12 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 28 replies · 1,427+ views
    2. change... not so much :( Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top amitta (35 posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to add this author to your Ignore list Tue Nov-25-08 05:09 PM Response to Original message 3. so Obama thinks Dems are weak on defense disgusting. Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top gcomeau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Journal Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author...
  • Gates a 'Done Deal' (Defense Secretary Robert Gates staying on at least a year)

    11/25/2008 1:08:34 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies · 757+ views ^ | November 25, 2008 | Martha Raddatz and Jake Tapper
    Sources tell ABC News that Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be staying on in the top Pentagon job, for at least the first year of the Obama administration. "It is a done deal," a source close to the process tells ABC News. Gates, while a registered independent, has served numerous Republican administrations. President George W. Bush nominated Gates to replace the Donald Rumsfeld after the 2006 midterm elections, when the war in Iraq was spiraling out of control. The former Eagle Scout is expected to be rolled out immediately after the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend as part of a larger national...
  • Coalition Has Entered ‘Endgame’ in Iraq, Gates Says

    09/23/2008 4:35:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 207+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2008 – Amid an 80-percent drop in violence and with further withdrawals of U.S. forces in sight, the coalition in Iraq has reached the “endgame,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. “I believe we have now entered that endgame – and our decisions today and in the months ahead will be critical to regional stability and our national security interests for years to come,” he told the Senate Armed Service Committee during a hearing on Iraq and Afghanistan. Highlighting success in Iraq are reductions in U.S. casualties and overall violence, and the handover of...
  • Barack Obama May Recruit Defence Chief Robert Gates

    06/28/2008 5:45:12 PM PDT · by Coffee200am · 38 replies · 179+ views
    Timesonline ^ | 06.29.2008 | Sarah Baxter
    In defiance of traditional party labels, Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, may ask the defence secretary of President George W Bush to stay on if he wins the White House. Obama’s top foreign policy and national security advisers are pressing the case for keeping Robert Gates at the Pentagon after he won widespread praise for his performance. The move would be in keeping with Obama’s desire to appoint a cabinet of all the talents. After appealing for unity with former rival Hillary Clinton and her supporters and big donors last week, Obama, 46, is turning his attention to wooing...
  • In with the Old - Why Obama should keep Gates at Defense

    06/21/2008 5:42:26 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 13 replies · 204+ views ^ | June 21st, 2008 | Joe Klein
    Barack Obama has never been shy about comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln. He did so when he announced his candidacy at the Illinois state capitol, where both he and Lincoln served in the legislature. "The life of a tall, gangly, self-made Springfield lawyer tells us that a different future is possible," Obama said. "He tells us that there is power in words ... He tells us that there is power in hope." That was, well, audacious, to say the least — and the comparisons have continued, on issues large and small. But the most important similarity, in Obama's mind, is...
  • Gates Says (U.S.) Will Share (Satellite Destruction) Data With China

    02/21/2008 12:11:09 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 119 replies · 293+ views
    Google News (AP) ^ | 2/21/2008 | Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the United States is prepared to share with China some of the information it has about this week's U.S. satellite shootdown. His comments came after Beijing complained the missile strike could cause harm to outer space security and some countries. Gates told reporters during a visit to Hawaii that the United States is prepared to share whatever it can "appropriately" share with China. The Pentagon said earlier that debris from the obliterated satellite is being tracked over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans but appears to be too small to cause damage on...
  • Defense Secretary Gates Slips, Breaks Shoulder, Misses Congressional Hearing

    02/13/2008 6:36:35 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 59 replies · 123+ views
    FOX ^ | February 13, 2008 | Admin Mod did all the work
    Bob Gates has fallen and he broke his arm
  • Gates Presents 'Realist's View of Promoting Democracy Abroad'

    09/17/2007 4:37:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 145+ views
    WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Sept. 17, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates presented his “realist’s view" of promoting democracy abroad during a speech delivered at the World Forum on the Future of Democracy here today. (Video) Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks during the World Forum on the Future of Democracy in Williamsburg, Va., Sept. 17, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gates said democratic reform takes time, and to abandon Iraq would be a setback for freedom and stability in the region, and it would not be in the United States’...
  • Failure in Iraq Would Have ‘Enormous’ Consequences, Gates Says

    09/16/2007 12:49:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 310+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2007 – Failure in Iraq would empower extremists and have “enormous” consequences for the Middle East and the United States, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today during his appearance on two television news talk shows. Appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace and This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Gates said the consequences of failure is a forgotten theme in Washington’s debate about Iraq. “No matter how you feel about how we got to where we are, the consequences of getting this wrong for Iraq, for the region, for us, are enormous,” he told said....
  • GATES' WAY FORWARD (tough look at the Pentagon)

    07/10/2007 6:04:17 AM PDT · by pabianice · 9 replies · 562+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 6/07 | Perry
    After Rumsfeld, a new dawn? In the American movie Cool Hand Luke - a cult classic in the US - a drunken Paul Newman faces his jailer. "What we have here," intones the captain of Road Prison 36, "is a failure tocommunicate." The movie has provided fodder for a gaggle of bloggers, who now refer to USLieutenant General Douglas E Lute, President George W Bush's new "war czar", as "Cool HandLute". Lute recently made the rounds of official Washington, telling everyone that aside from theadvisability of invading Iraq in the first place (something with which, in private, he had realproblems),...
  • Live Thread Pres. Bush, Rumsfeld and Gates to speak @3:30ET

    11/08/2006 12:30:16 PM PST · by tsmith130 · 299 replies · 9,674+ views
    On shorty....
  • Bush Says Rumsfeld Is Stepping Down

    11/08/2006 10:27:18 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 186 replies · 5,599+ views
    WaPo ^ | 11/8/2006 | Staff
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Wednesday Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is stepping down and former CIA Director Robert Gates will take over at the Pentagon and in prosecuting the war in Iraq. Rumsfeld, architect of an unpopular war in Iraq, intends to resign after six stormy years at the Pentagon, Republican officials said.