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  • How Long Will U.S. Forces be Involved in Libya? White House Says Nobody Knows

    03/27/2011 6:55:48 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    How Long Will U.S. Forces be Involved in Libya? White House Says Nobody Knows March 27, 2011 8:41 AM The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for almost ten years, at war in Iraq for almost eight years and at war in Libya for nine days. On “This Week,” ABC News’ Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper asked Secretary of Defense Gates how much longer we might be there. “Some NATO officials say this could be three months, but people in the Pentagon think it could be far longer than that. Do you think we'll be gone by...
  • Gates: Libya was not 'a vital interest'; Clinton: President took the 'best available option'

    03/27/2011 12:09:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 27, 2011 | Jordy Yager
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday defended the U.S. military’s role in airstrikes against Col. Moammar Gadhafi's forces but said that Libya was not an imminent threat to the United States when the president ordered them. In two separate interviews Gates acknowledged that Libya did not hold “a vital interest” for the U.S., although he emphasized the geopolitical importance of Libya in a region fraught with recent instability. “No I don’t think it’s a vital interest for the United States,” said Gates in a pre-taped interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that aired on Sunday. “But we clearly have...
  • Gates calls for Syrian forces to move aside

    03/24/2011 5:17:51 PM PDT · by Freedom56v2 · 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...