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  • Gates calls for Syrian forces to move aside

    03/24/2011 5:17:51 PM PDT · by bushwon · 44 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 03/24/2011 | FT Reporters
    The Syrian people should follow Egypt’s lead and the country’s army should “empower a revolution”, Robert Gates, US secretary of defence, said as thousands marched in a southern city. Mr Gates made his comments – some of the toughest remarks to date by a US official about the rule of Bashar al-Assad, president – on a day of further upheaval in the Middle East and beyond. The White House signalled that it was preparing for a change in power in Yemen, where it has been allied with the government of Ali Abdullah Saleh, president. Officials also said Nato had neared...
  • Defense Secretary Robert Gates is still Totally Clueless

    03/24/2011 12:45:10 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 1 replies
    "For history teaches with unmistakable emphasis that appeasement but begets new and bloodier war. It points to no single instance where the end has justified the means--where appeasement has led to more than a sham peace.""Like blackmail, it lays the basis for new and successively greater demands, until, as in blackmail, violence becomes the only other alternative."--Gen. Douglas MacArthurAppeasement:"Like blackmail, it lays the basis for new and successively greater demands, until, as in blackmail, violence becomes the only other alternative".And that is exactly the prefered immoral policy that Bush, now Obama, and the rest of the world, wish to...
  • Obama plan unifies Defense, Homeland Security response (martial law preparation?)

    03/11/2011 2:10:22 PM PST · by tutstar · 85 replies · 1+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 3/11/11 | Jim Kouri
    The U.S. Secretary of Defense yesterday announced that he's agreed to a plan that will allow one military commander to be in charge of both State National Guard and each military branch's reserve forces when they are deployed to respond to domestic emergencies including terrorist attacks, according to Lisa Daniel of the American Forces Press Service. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, along with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the Council of Governors -- a group President Barack Obama formed in January 2010 to represent all of the states' governors -- signed off on the agreement, known as the Joint Action...
  • McCain vs. Pentagon: Getting personal over Libya Debate

    03/05/2011 10:37:47 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 2011-03-04
    Washington (CNN) -- Trash talk and criticism seems the norm in these days of social networking, talk radio and cable pundits. But now it's spreading to the halls Capitol Hill and the leadership of the Department of Defense. Defense Secretary Robert Gates may have started it when commenting on an idea for establishing a no-fly zone over Libya to protect rebel forces. "There's a lot of, frankly, loose talk about some of these military options," Gates told a House committee on Wednesday. "Let's just call a spade a spade. A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy...
  • West Cools on No-Fly Zone (U.S. Defense Chief Decries 'Loose Talk' of Libya Intervention)

    03/02/2011 8:17:50 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | MARCH 3, 2011 | CHARLES LEVINSON, STEPHEN FIDLER in Brussels and JULIAN E. BARNES
    Senior U.S. defense officials tried to lower expectations of an international military intervention in Libya, as rebels, fighting off a key offensive by forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi, called for foreign airstrikes. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, testifying before Congress, criticized "loose talk" about any military intervention in Libya, where military rebels and civilian opponents of the government are trying to topple Col. Gadhafi. The U.S. and allies have discussed the prospect of imposing a no-fly zone over the North African country to prevent Col. Gadhafi from using air forces to strike at protesters. But Mr. Gates on Wednesday made...
  • Does Gates funding of media taint objectivity?

    02/28/2011 6:14:29 PM PST · by FromLori · 9 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 2/27/2011 | Sandi Doughton and Kristi Heim
    Did you catch ABC's recent special on an incubator to boost preemie survival in Africa and a new machine to diagnose tuberculosis in the developing world? Perhaps you saw Ray Suarez's three-part series on poverty and AIDS in Mozambique on the PBS NewsHour. Or listened to Public Radio International's piece on the rationing of kidney dialysis in South Africa. Beyond their subject matter, these reports have something else in common: They were all bankrolled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Better-known for its battles against global disease, the giant philanthropy has also become a force in journalism. The foundation's...
  • Gates's warning: Avoid land war in Asia, Middle East, and Africa

    02/28/2011 6:45:35 AM PST · by Racehorse · 43 replies ^ | 26 February 2011 | Brad Knickerbocker
    As he winds down a remarkable Pentagon career – overseeing two long and very costly wars, wrestling with a military-industrial complex resistant to his budget moves aimed at questionable weapons, and shaking up the senior officer corps – Defense Secretary Robert Gates has a message for his successor. “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 [Douglas] MacArthur so delicately put it.” [SNIP] “We can’t know with absolute certainty what the future of warfare will hold,...
  • In defeat for Boehner, House votes to eliminate funding for second F-35 jet engine

    02/16/2011 1:29:56 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 16 replies
    The House on Wednesday narrowly approved an amendment that would eliminate funding for a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a move that would contribute an additional $450 million to the estimated $61 billion in federal spending cuts that House Republicans have proposed for the rest of the current fiscal year. The amendment, offered by two-term Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), passed the House on a 233-to-198 vote. Its passage was a victory for conservative Republicans as well as Defense Secretary Robert Gates, both of whom had criticized the alternate-engine program as unnecessary and wasteful.
  • Gates, Rumsfeld Sued Over U.S. Military's Rape Epidemic

    02/15/2011 8:17:11 AM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 73 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 15Feb2011 | Jesse Ellison
    A landmark lawsuit filed Tuesday against Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld, alleges that the military's repeated failures to take action in rape cases created a culture where violence against women was tolerated, violating the plaintiffs’ Constitutional rights. “There are three types of women in the Army,” says Rebecca Havrilla, a former sergeant and explosive-ordnance-disposal technician. “Bitch, dyke, and whore.” During the four years that Havrilla was on active duty, she was called all three—by fellow soldiers, team leaders, even unit commanders. Once, during a sexual-assault prevention training, the 28-year-old South Carolina native claims, she watched a...
  • Bill Gates: Vaccine-autism link 'an absolute lie'

    02/07/2011 6:16:02 AM PST · by pillut48 · 128 replies
    CNN International ^ | February 4, 2011 | Sanjay Gupta/Bill Gates
    Davos, Switzerland (CNN) -- Microsoft founder Bill Gates sat down recently with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta in Davos, Switzerland. The billionaire philanthropist was attending the World Economic Forum to push his mission of eradicating polio by 2012. Gates, through his foundation, also pledged $10 billion to provide vaccinations to children around the world within a decade. Gupta asked Gates for his thoughts about the alleged autism-vaccine connection. He also asked: Who holds ultimate accountability for the billions of dollars being spent on aid? Is a certain amount of corruption and fraud expected? Below is an excerpt of their...
  • Bill Gates Wants Depopulation Through Vaccines, Health Care [& abortion, & reducing CO2 to zero]

    01/19/2011 9:22:07 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 86 replies
    Natural News ^ | 9/27/2010 | Bill Gates
    Watch the video for yourself, if you can stand it.
  • Bill Gates proposes universal ‘birth registry’ to help control population

    01/18/2011 1:21:19 PM PST · by NYer · 57 replies
    LifeSite ^ | January 18, 2010 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    Bill Gates speaks at the mHealth summit. WASHINGTON, DC, January 18, 2011 ( - In the keynote address to the mHealth Summit held in November last year, Bill Gates introduced a plan to use cell phone technology to register every birth on the planet in a newborn vaccination database. Attributing the decline in the number of children who die before their fifth birthday from 20 million in 1960 to 8.5 million today to infant vaccination, Gates told the audience of more than 2,000 at the conference, “About one-third [of that improvement] is by increasing income. The majority has been through...
  • Local Swiss bank probed [Cayman Islands]

    09/20/2009 2:04:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies · 613+ views
    Cayman Net News ^ | September 18, 2009 | Kerry Harvey
    A Swiss bank that used its Cayman Islands’ branch to engage in what a US federal judge has branded “predatory lending practices” is being investigated by the US authorities. Senior officials of Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, are facing claims that they pocketed millions of dollars by dishing out loans that were impossible to repay. On Tuesday, 15 September, 31 of the bank’s officials received subpoenas demanding that they hand over internal documents that explain why they loaned $375 million to the now bankrupt Yellowstone Club in 2005. The Yellowstone Club, founded by American tycoon Tim Blixseth, was once...
  • (3rd LD) Gates says diplomatic engagement with N. Korea 'possible'(back 2 appeasement)

    01/13/2011 10:58:02 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 01/14/11 | Kim Deok-hyun
    (3rd LD) Gates says diplomatic engagement with N. Korea 'possible' By Kim Deok-hyun SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday diplomatic engagement with North Korea is "possible," but Pyongyang must first stop its "dangerous provocations and take concrete steps" to meet its international obligations. Gates made the remarks as he started talks in Seoul with South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin to discuss concerns over the increasingly belligerent North and ways to further strengthen their deterrence against the communist state. "With regard to next steps on North Korea, diplomatic engagement is possible, starting with direct...
  • Test of Stealth Fighter Clouds Gates Visit to China

    01/12/2011 3:13:04 AM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | January 11, 2011 | ELISABETH BUMILLER and MICHAEL WINES
    China’s military conducted a test flight of a new stealth fighter jet on Tuesday, overshadowing an important visit to Beijing by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates aimed at improving defense ties — and apparently catching China’s civilian leadership off guard. Staging the test flight of the long-secret J-20 while Mr. Gates was in Beijing amounted to an unusually bold show of force by China. But the demonstration also raised questions about the degree of civilian control of the Chinese military, as President Hu Jintao and other civilian leaders gave their American visitors the impression that they were unaware that the...
  • “New” fiscally prudent Obama cuts military personnel, raising veteran family health care premiums

    01/08/2011 9:01:57 AM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces | 01-08-11 | Mataharley
    The "new", supposedly triangulating and fiscally prudent Obama has appeared... or has he? With a nation so fed up with the federal spending, increased size of government, and an economy that isn't as rosy on Main Street as it is in the Obama pressers, the POTUS takes the "cut spending" midterms message to heart, and goes for the military's jugular. But Obama's first proposed cuts to make the news are a mixed bag. Included in the WH demands to Defense Sec'y Gates is cutting up to 47,000 troops from the Army and Marine Corps forces, and raising the Tricare military...
  • Caught Sleeping on the Watch

    01/08/2011 8:23:30 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | January 8th, 2011 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    June 2009, while speaking at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, “Defense Secretary Robert Gates defended his proposed cuts in the Air Force’s fighter fleet in Fiscal 2010 as part of overall changes to the US tactical air arm. He said under his plan—to cap F-22 production at 187, shed more than 250 legacy fighters, and rely on the F-35 production line henceforth as the sole active source of advanced stealth fighters—the US will still be left with a “numerical and technological edge” that will remain “extremely strong and far superior to that of any potential competitor for at least the next 15...
  • Gates expected to slice orders for F-35 as part of spending cuts

    01/06/2011 5:22:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | Jan. 05, 2011 | Bob Cox
    Gates expected to slice orders for F-35 as part of spending cuts By Bob Cox Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to cut orders for the F-35 joint strike fighter over the next three to five years as part of broader plan to reduce Pentagon spending by $100 billion, analysts say. Gates will brief Congress today on a five-year spending plan for the Defense Department, including yet another restructuring of the F-35 program to compensate for repeated delays in development and testing. Defense analysts said few details of Gates' intentions have surfaced, but he is widely expected to announce cancellation...
  • Downgrading Defense Capabilities

    12/27/2010 3:47:29 AM PST · by Scanian
    The American Thinker ^ | December 27, 2010 | Zbigniew Mazurak
    Our foreign policy establishment believes that America's allotment of conventional weapons is useless. The DOD's current leaders (Robert Gates, William Lynn, et al.) would love to significantly reduce our numbers in this respect, and they've already made extensive "progress." The first President Bush cancelled over a hundred weapon programs and reduced many others, including the order for B-2 bombers. The Clinton administration also canceled or cut a number of programs (e.g., the Seawolf class), as did the second Bush administration (vide the XM2001 artillery program, the Comanche helicopter, the E-10MC2A AWACS, etc.). All three administrations also radically reduced the inventories...
  • Four soldiers hitch a deluxe ride home with Gates

    12/10/2010 6:36:24 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2010 | Craig Whitlock
    Four U.S. soldiers going home on leave from Afghanistan hitched a sweet ride out of the war zone Thursday by snagging seats on a special flight: the 747 Boeing aircraft that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates uses to crisscross the globe. ... For instance, married couple had been deployed to Kandahar, the traditional heartland of the Taliban. Husband and wife each hold the rank of Sgt. First Class and have spent at least 14 years in the armed forces. They have deployed four times during their careers: to Kosovo, twice to Iraq and now Afghanistan. They're headed to Texas to...
  • Gates in Afghanistan to view progress, meet troops

    12/07/2010 8:15:17 AM PST · by pinstripes715 · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/07/2010 | AP
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Afghanistan on Tuesday to assess progress in the nine-year conflict, as the Obama administration measures whether it can meet its goal of beginning to withdraw U.S. forces in July. Gates' trip is touted as a holiday visit to thank close to 100,000 U.S. troops serving in the war. But his observations and meetings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai as well as top U.S. military and civilian leaders will probably provide crucial last-minute guidance for a review of U.S. military policy in Afghanistan due for completion next week.
  • Voting With Their Feet (Oliver North on DADT)

    12/02/2010 6:33:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 3, 2010 | Oliver North
        WASHINGTON — Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Hideki Tojo tried and failed. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev and Ho Chi Minh couldn't do it. But commander in chief Barack Obama may well succeed where others could not. If he has his way, he will demolish the finest force for good in the history of mankind — the U.S. armed forces. And he wants to make it all happen before the end of the year.On Nov. 30, Defense Secretary Robert Gates released the much-leaked "Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of 'Don't Ask,...
  • EDITORIAL: The New Gay Army on parade--Pentagon promotes rigged 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' report

    12/01/2010 4:57:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 50 replies · 4+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2010 | Editorial
    The Pentagon on Tuesday released a long-awaited report intended to advance a key campaign promise made by then-Sen. Obama to the fringe activist groups that supported his presidential aspirations. Now as commander in chief, President Obama has made it clear to military brass that he expects them to embrace the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) agenda. It should come as no surprise that the release of the military's new "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" survey was carefully orchestrated to accomplish this mission.From the outset, the Pentagon had no interest in eliciting honest responses from the troops about whether the...
  • Putin says Gates is 'deeply misled'

    12/01/2010 10:10:09 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/01/10 | MATT NEGRIN |
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates is “deeply misled” to suggest that Russia is undemocratic and that its security forces are in control of the government, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in an interview to be shown Wednesday. In a State Department document unearthed in the WikiLeaks releases, Gates is quoted as saying, “Russian democracy has disappeared and the government was an oligarchy run by the security services.”
  • Gates speeds up delivery of 'Don't ask, don't tell' report (No surprise with Gates)

    11/21/2010 7:26:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 21, 2010 | Roxana Tiron
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates is instructing his staff to accelerate by one day the public release of a yearlong study into the implications of repealing the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. That study, initially due Dec. 1, will now be ready for release on Nov. 30 to allow the congressional defense committees to hold hearings on the report as soon as possible. Supporters of repealing the Clinton-era law, known as "Don't ask, don't tell," are eying the weeks after Thanksgiving recess as the last opportunity to see the ban scrapped. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)...
  • Why give Iran a reason not to fear a military attack?

    11/19/2010 6:48:05 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2010 | Editorial
    PART OF President Obama's mantra about Iran has been that "all options are on the table" - meaning he will not rule out military action to stop its attempt to acquire nuclear weapons. President George W. Bush said the same thing; in fact, there is broad agreement among American policymakers that the threat of force must be part of the mix of pressures and incentives aimed at Tehran. So why does Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates keep undercutting the message? Twice in the past week, Mr. Gates has publicly argued against a military option - even though neither the United...
  • Melinda Gates pledges $500 mn more for world's poor( To Help The World's Poor Save More Money)

    11/18/2010 2:49:48 PM PST · by Captain Peter Blood · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/18/2010 | Yahoo News
    Thu, Nov 18 08:43 PM Washington, Nov 18 (IANS) Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Thursday pledged another $500 million for the world's poor as she hailed a historic moment that will help bring financial services, particularly savings accounts, to hundreds of millions of people living on less than $2 a day. Speaking at the foundation-hosted Global Savings Forum in Seattle, the first global gathering focused on the role of savings in the developing world, Gates urged leaders in government, banking, mobile communications, and international development to work together to build a new kind of financial...
  • Gates Warns Against Defense Cuts

    11/18/2010 1:29:31 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov. 16, 2010 | Julian E. Barnes
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates attacked proposals by the co-chairs of the deficit commission to seek sharp reductions in military spending, arguing the cuts would be “catastrophic” to national security. The co-chairs’ defense cuts, Mr. Gates argued, would only amount to a small dent in the deficit, but devastate the military’s force structure. “The truth of the matter is when it comes to the deficit, the Department of Defense is not the problem,” he said. “I think in terms of the specifics they came up with, that is math not strategy.”
  • The Blind Who Will Not See: The President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Iranian Death Spiral

    11/18/2010 7:32:45 AM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    PajamasMedia/FasterPlease/MichaelLedeen ^ | November 17, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    I sometimes wonder where some of our smartest people get their ideas. Take Defense Secretary Bob Gates, for example. Discussing the possibility of military action against Iranian nuclear weapons facilities, he said: “And if it’s a military solution, as far as I’m concerned, it will bring together a divided nation, it will make them absolutely committed to attaining nuclear weapons and they will just go deeper and more covert.” I don’t get it. Is there some sort of evidence? What could it possibly be, aside from the sort I get from my Ouija board? So I try to imagine one...
  • Ballmer and Gates: Here's why we're not breaking up Microsoft

    11/17/2010 7:37:37 AM PST · by Still Thinking · 13 replies
    Tech Flash ^ | November 16, 2010 | Todd Bishop
    Microsoft's annual meeting of shareholders in Bellevue this morning was pretty much the standard routine -- except for one question toward the end. The company's nine-member board was reappointed and a lone shareholder proposal, to establish a board environmental committee, was rejected. CEO Steve Ballmer touted the company's revenue and earnings growth. Shareholders complained about the stagnant share price and pressed for a higher dividend. Ballmer talked about Microsoft's product pipeline and finance chief Peter Klein noted that the company has returned more than $170 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends and stock buybacks over the past decade....
  • Gates: Attack On Iran Won't Help

    11/16/2010 10:18:49 AM PST · by Fennie · 39 replies
    IsraelNationalNews ^ | November 16, 2010
    U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that a military action against Iran would not halt Tehran's nuclear program, and would only make the government there more determined to forge ahead with the program. The program would be driven further underground, he said, making it even more difficult to supervise it. He added that the sanctions imposed on Iran had the potential to divide the country's leadership, as evidence of the sanctions damage to the Iranian economy becomes ever clearer.
  • Bill Gates: Capitalism Has 'Systemic' Problems Government Should Address

    11/10/2010 12:15:35 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 119 replies
    Bill Gates: Capitalism Has 'Systemic' Problems Government Should Address Bill Gates says that the federal government’s job is to address the “systemic” problems of capitalism. Wednesday, November 10, 2010 By Nicholas Ballasy ( - The CEO and Chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates said that capitalism’s “systemic" problems are not doing enough for research and “the needs of the poorest.” “In general, the world under funds research because the person who takes the risk of doing the research doesn’t capture the full benefit of having done it and so you know, capitalism does amazing things but it has one systemic problem...
  • 'Senior Moment' Only Explanation For Bill Gates Sr.'s Strange Hit-And-Run

    11/08/2010 4:15:30 PM PST · by FTJM · 42 replies ^ | 11/8/10 | Chris Egert
    Recently obtained police reports document a hit-and-run collision involving community leader Bill Gates Sr. The Seattle Police Department investigation reports show the father of one of the richest men in the world wasn’t there the night of Aug. 16, when investigators found his car near Seattle Center, wedged against the car in front of it -- with the engine running and keys still in the ignition. The owners of the other car involved in the incident called 911 when they realized their car couldn’t move because Gates’ 2003 Mercedes 500 was wedged against their car. They told dispatchers: "Somebody has...
  • Once Again Defense Sect. Robert Gates Reveals How Clueless He Is

    11/08/2010 12:23:54 PM PST · by Amerisrael · 7 replies
    Clueless Defense Secretary Robert Gates still doesn't get it. No amount of diplomacy or sanctions will stop Iran's quest for nuclear weapons capability. This is clearly understood in light of Iran's motivation. Their motivation by a particular Islamic ideology that wants to see the return of the 12th Imam. Or the "Hidden Mahdi" as he is also described. "Hidden" because he is alledged to be hiding down in a well in Iran.Young Iranians are always looking down inside of the well to see if they can get a glimpse of the Mahdi!In response to Netanyahu's warning that only a real credible...
  • US Rejects Netanyahu's Call To Threaten Iran With 'Military Action'

    11/08/2010 5:48:03 AM PST · by Strategy · 17 replies
    International Business Times ^ | November 8, 2010 | By SreeRam Banda
    US Defense Secretary Robert Gates rejected Israeli prime minister's call for a 'credible military threat' against Iran to ensure it does not obtain nuclear arsenal. However, he suggested that military action still remains an option. The defense secretary, who is in Australia, told reporters on Monday that the United States disagrees that only a credible military threat can get Iran to take the actions it needs to end its nuclear weapons programme. "We are prepared to do what is necessary but at this point we continue to believe that the political-economic approach that we taking is in fact having an...
  • Australia, US pledge closer defence ties

    11/07/2010 7:50:56 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies ^ | 8th November 2010
    AUSTRALIA can manage both a critically important economic relationship with China and growing military ties with the US, says Defence Minister Stephen Smith. US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and US defence secretary Robert Gates were in Melbourne for the Australia United State Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations with Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd. The talks focused on the US Force Posture Review, which will examine the US military presence in the Asia-Pacific, and the war in Afghanistan, among other issues. The posture review could see the US make more use of its military bases in Australia and give greater opportunity for joint...
  • Gates Urges Repeal Of Military's Ban On Gays

    11/07/2010 5:13:13 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 7 Nov 10 | None
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates is encouraging Congress to act before year's end to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military. It's a position shared by his boss, the president. But his new Marine commandant thinks otherwise and the Senate has not yet taken action, setting up yet another hurdle for gay activists who see their window quickly closing. After Tuesday's elections that saw Republicans chip away at Democrats' majority in the Senate and wrest the House from their control, their hopes for ending the 17-year-old law have dimmed. "I would like to see the repeal of 'don't...
  • Gates urges Congress to repeal gay ban now

    11/07/2010 12:15:43 AM PDT · by Rastus · 260 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 11/07/10 | Anne Gearan
    MELBOURNE, Australia – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Congress should act quickly, before new members take their seats, to repeal the military's ban on gays serving openly in the military. He, however, did not sound optimistic that the current Congress would use a brief postelection session to get rid of the law known as "don't ask, don't tell." "I would like to see the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" but I'm not sure what the prospects for that are," Gates said Saturday, as he traveled to defense and diplomatic meetings in Australia. Unless the lame-duck Congress acts, the...
  • Melinda Gates: No Apple Products in my House

    10/28/2010 2:11:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CNET ^ | 10/24/2010 | Chris Matyszczyk
    How should one bring up children? Should one give them everything for which they ask? Or should one make them understand very early in life that some things are bad for them, whether it is physically or psychologically? This flight of philosophical depth comes to me on reading an interview in the New York Times with Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft's Bill. I wasn't sure whether to laugh, cry, admire or attempt to plait my eyebrows. You see, the interviewer offered her questions about Apple. The first was quite amusing: "Do you own an iPod, which is made by Apple?"...
  • Obama blinks at Beijing's bullying

    10/15/2010 2:37:15 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 14, 2010 | Benny Avni
    China keeps pushing. Will President Obama ever push back? Defense Secretary Robert Gates did what he could in Hanoi at this week's gathering of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations. But he can't do much about the impression his boss has left on the world stage. Beijing has been pushing its neighbors around, while forming some worrisome military relations with America's far-flung adversaries, including Iran. In response to North Korea's unprovoked and deadly attack on the South Korean ship, the Cheonan, we recently conducted a naval exercise with South Korea. Beijing answered by conducting a regional naval drill with...
  • Like Democrats Leaving a Sinking Presidency

    10/14/2010 8:38:02 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 11 replies
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 10/14/10 | Alaphiah
    Hey where’s everyone going? Defense secretary Robert Gates, and senior adviser David Axelrod, The White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, national security advisor General James Jones, the entire economics team, of whom Peter Orszag and Christina Romer have already gone, they’re all leaving. Then there’s Larry Summers, the director of the National Economic Council and the dead fish himself, White house chief of staff Rahm Emanuel who also doubled as political strategist to president Barry Hussein Soetoro, all high level advisers all jumping ship. But don’t worry it’s all good! I’m sure the spin that media and Democrats will put...
  • BREAKING -- Gen. James Jones is resigning (Dummy Donilon replacing)

    10/08/2010 7:37:35 AM PDT · by milwguy · 30 replies
    politico ^ | 10/8/2010 | glenn thrush
    Gen. James Jones is resigning as President Obama's national security adviser. Tom Donilon, the deputy national security adviser, will replace him, a senior administration official tells POLITICO. Jones's resignation will take effect in two weeks. Obama will make an announcement in the Rose Garden at 1 p.m. Friday
  • The Bill Gates Income Tax

    10/05/2010 9:12:41 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 5,2010 | ARTHUR LAFFER
    Framed on a wall in my office is a personal letter to me from Bill Gates the elder. "I am a fan of progressive taxation," he wrote. "I would say our country has prospered from using such a system—even at 70% rates to say nothing of 90%." It's one thing to believe in bad policy. It's quite another to push it on others. But Mr. Gates Sr.—an accomplished lawyer, now retired—and his illustrious son are now trying to have their way with the people of the state of Washington. Mr. Gates Sr. has personally contributed $500,000 to promote a statewide...
  • Like father, like son: Bill Gates supports income-tax initiative 1098

    10/01/2010 7:39:34 AM PDT · by B Knotts · 32 replies · 2+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 9/21/2010 | Andrew Garber
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates supports the income-tax initiative and will vote for it, according to the I-1098 campaign. Sandeep Kaushik, a spokesman for Yes on 1098, said Gates' father, Bill Gates Sr., had a long conversation with his son on the matter and confirmed his support for the ballot measure. Gates Sr. helped draft the income-tax initiative and is the public face for the measure, appearing in a recent television commercial for the campaign. This is the latest in a string of announcements since Monday showing where some of the richest and most powerful people in the state are lining...
  • Gates not planning to stay through end of Obama first term

    09/23/2010 3:16:07 PM PDT · by Qbert · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/23/2010 | Roxana Tiron
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates has no plans to stay on at the Pentagon through the end of President Obama’s first term in office. Gates, whose service now spans one Republican and one Democratic administration, told reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday that he has already made up his mind about his departure date, but refused to disclose any more details. Gates told Foreign Policy magazine earlier this year that the logical point for his departure would be in 2011 to give the president enough time to pick the appropriate successor before the 2012 reelection season starts in earnest. “Having a...
  • Truce Is Reached in Quran Drama

    09/09/2010 5:54:29 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 46 replies · 2+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 09-09-10 | JONATHAN WEISMAN, SHIRA OVIDE And TAMER EL-GHOBASHY
    A Florida pastor backed away from plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11 after U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates phoned him, capping several surreal days of drama in which his plans ricocheted around the world, sowing anger among Muslims and concern at the Pentagon. Mr. Gates's phone call, in which he warned Rev. Terry Jones that the planned event could imperil U.S. troops, came hours after President Barack Obama slammed Mr. Jones's plan as a "stunt" and "a recruitment bonanza for al Qaeda." "Secretary Gates reached out to Pastor Jones this afternoon," a Pentagon official said....
  • Secretary Gates Called Pastor Jones, Defense Department Confirms

    09/09/2010 4:22:50 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 54 replies ^ | 09/09/2010 | Luis Martinez
    Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell confirmed to the Pentagon press corps that Defense Secretary Robert Gates called Florida pastor Terry Jones this afternoon to express his “grave concerns” about a planned Koran burning because it could place US military lives at risk. Morrell said Gates placed a call between 4 and 4:30 p.m. today and engaged the pastor in a “very brief conversation." "The Secretary expressed his grave concerns to the pastor that going forward with the Koran burning would put the lives of American servicemembers at risk, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan and he urged him not to proceed...
  • The Re-Hollowing of the Military

    08/30/2010 10:18:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Commentary ^ | September 2010 | Arthur Herman
    It comes as little surprise that Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the last Cabinet holdover from the George W. Bush administration, is planning to step down next year. Most expected him to stick it out only through the year-end review of the Afghanistan-surge strategy. What's noteworthy is his announcing this just days after ordering the closing of the Pentagon's Joint Forces Command and the dismissal of thousands of employees at its Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters, as well as hundreds of uniformed officers who are being forced out to pasture. That's not going to engender good feelings inside the ring. In light of...
  • Outrage: Pentagon Grants Five States Waivers from MOVE Act

    08/27/2010 1:42:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 27, 2010 | J. Christian Adams
    Protecting the rights of active duty military to have their vote counted is apparently not a priority for this administration. In Washington, politicians always like to release bad news on a Friday, as fewer people notice. Today, the Pentagon announced that it had granted the waiver requests of five states seeking to escape requirements to protect military voters. I have written previously here at PJM that all waiver requests should be denied. Unfortunately, if you are an overseas servicemember from Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, or Washington, the protections in the MOVE Act aren’t going to apply to you...
  • Islamic extremists in the workplace--Defense Secretary Gates ignores the homegrown Muslim threat

    08/26/2010 5:09:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 26, 2010 | Editorial
    Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 14 and wounded 30 in his jihad at Fort Hood in November. According to the Defense Department, the incident wasn't a terrorist attack but merely a case of workplace violence. This is typical of government efforts to paper over the growing domestic Muslim threat. On Aug. 18, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates released the final Fort Hood follow-on review, in which he proposed initiatives to "mitigate internal threats, ensure force protection, enable emergency response and provide care for victims and families." Radical Islam is nowhere to be found. Some passages hint at the nature...