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  • Gates, Clinton Advising President to Not Release OBL Photograph

    05/04/2011 4:52:07 AM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 88 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/04/2011 | Jake Tapper
    President Obama is increasingly doubtful that there's a compelling reason to release a photograph of Osama bin Laden's corpse, ABC News has learned. There don't seem to be many skeptics of bin Laden's death in the Muslim world, with bin Laden's wife having survived the attack to identify bin Laden's death both to the Navy SEALs and Pakistani authorities. Meanwhile, sources say, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are advising the president about concerns at the Pentagon and State Department that releasing a photograph could prompt a backlash against the US for killing bin Laden where...
  • Obama Permits Use of U.S. Armed Drone Aircraft in Libya

    04/21/2011 1:36:32 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies ^ | April 21, 2011 | Associated Press
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates says President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed Predator drone aircraft in Libya. Gates told a Pentagon news conference that the Predator is an example of the unique U.S. military capabilities that Obama is willing to contribute to a coalition military campaign in Libya, while other countries enforce a no-fly zone.
  • Gates: US troops could remain in Iraq after 2011

    04/08/2011 11:57:23 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 8, 2011 | ROBERT BURNS
    MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, visiting Iraq on the eve of the eighth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad, said Friday the United States could extend its troop presence in the country beyond the scheduled 2011 pullout. Gates said that if Iraq wants American troops to remain, a deal could be negotiated for the long term or for as little as two or three years.
  • CIA's Leon Panetta not eager to swap jobs as Obama reshuffle looms

    04/07/2011 8:27:43 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/8/2011
    Leon Panetta is happy as CIA director and has not been asked by President Barack Obama to consider changing jobs, the agency said on Thursday, as speculation swirled over changes in top U.S. security posts. Robert Gates has made clear he plans to step down as defense secretary this year and the military's top officer is expected to retire, prompting speculation about who will move where in Mr Obama's impending reshuffle of military and intelligence chiefs. One scenario being speculated has Mr Panetta – who turns 73 in June – replacing Mr Gates and the director's office on the seventh...
  • Gates to troops: Yes, you’ll get paid in a gov’t shutdown … for a week

    04/07/2011 9:41:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6/7/11 | Ed Morrissey
    ABC News reports this morning that Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with troops in Baghdad this morning, in part to discuss their concerns over a government shutdown. After joking that the best policy is to make sure the folks with the guns get paid first, Gates then told the men and women on the front lines that they needn’t worry. After studying the issue, Gates says they will get paid if the budget runs out tomorrow … for a week: Speaking to a group of 200 soldiers in Baghdad, Defense Secretary Gates drew Army cheers of “Hooah” from the crowd...
  • Gates: Some US troops may stay if Iraq wants

    04/07/2011 3:35:16 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/7/2011 | ap
    The Obama administration would keep U.S. troops in Iraq beyond the agreed final withdrawal date of Dec. 31, 2011, if the Iraqi government wanted them, but the Iraqis need to decide "pretty quickly" in order for the Pentagon to accommodate the extension, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday during what he said probably is his final visit to this war-torn country. Whether to negotiate an extended U.S. military presence is up to the Iraqis, he said, adding that he thought an extension might make sense. "We are willing to have a presence beyond (2011), but we've got a lot of...
  • Solving the College Affordability Problem

    04/05/2011 12:57:24 PM PDT · by ReleaseTheHounds · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 4, 2011 | Dan Lips
    How much should a college education cost? According to the College Board, the average cost of earning a degree at a private, 4-year university is now more than $100,000. If tuition prices continue to rise as quickly as they did during the past decade, a college degree will cost more than $200,000 by the time today’s third-graders are applying. That price tag is enough to cause most parents to break into a sweat. Is a college degree really worth this cost? Some bright minds think Americans are paying way too much. In fact, Bill Gates--one of the country's most famous...
  • When will Defense Secretary Robert Gates retire?

    03/23/2011 8:00:33 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    Wednesday, March 23, 2011
    A while ago, Defense Secretary Robert Gates mentioned that he'll retire in 2011. Well, now it's 2011 already and 2012 isn't that far away. So what's up?
  • The Pathos of Robert Gates (Admits US Has No Strategy in Libya)

    04/02/2011 11:54:57 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    NYSlimes ^ | 4/1/2011 | Ross Douthat
    In his testimony on Capitol Hill yesterday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made what amounted to an eloquent, even impassioned case against United States involvement in Libya. He highlighted the weakness of the rebel forces: Calling them an opposition is “a misnomer,” he suggested, describing the rebels as “very disparate, very scattered,” “lacking command and control and lacking organization,” and “pretty much a pickup ballgame at this point.” Their “governance capacity” for a post-Qaddafi Libya, he added, is “limited, if not nonexistent.” He put great stress on America’s pre-existing commitments: “I am preoccupied with avoiding mission creep, avoiding an open-ended,...
  • Gates Says Libya Not Vital National Interest (Obama's "Wag The Dog" Moment)

    03/28/2011 4:28:54 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    wall street journal ^ | 3/28/2011 | JON HILSENRATH
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Libya's civil conflict wasn't a vital national interest of the United States, even as he and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought to defend U.S. military action there. "I don't think it's a vital interest of the United States, but we clearly have an interest there," Mr. Gates said in an appearance on the NBC News program, "Meet the Press" as part of a round of appearances on Sunday morning talk shows. He made a similar comment on ABC's "This Week," noting that Libya's turmoil could further destabilize its neighbors Egypt and Tunisia, one of...
  • Los Altos district pilots technology-based math program, Khan Academy

    03/27/2011 10:33:50 PM PDT · by Cool Guy · 15 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 3/25/2011 | Diana Samuels
    The Khan Academy has its roots in a series of educational YouTube videos that founder Sal Khan began making several years ago to tutor his cousin. The videos struck a chord among those who came across them, Sinha said. As the videos became increasingly popular, the organization got a big break last fall, when it received a total of about $3.5 million in grants from Google and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The nonprofit Advertisement now has a Mountain View office and a half-dozen staff members. It's still attracting attention -- NBC Nightly News recently featured the program and...
  • Defense Secretary: Libya Did Not Pose Threat to U.S.

    03/27/2011 12:15:12 PM PDT · by Siena Dreaming · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jake Tapper
    "Tapper asked Clinton, “Why not got to Congress?” “Well, we would welcome congressional support,” the Secretary said, “but I don't think that this kind of internationally authorized intervention where we are one of a number of countries participating to enforce a humanitarian mission is the kind of unilateral action that either I or President Obama was speaking of several years ago.”
  • Gates on casualities in Libya

    03/27/2011 12:18:14 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 03/27/11 | POLITICO STAFF
    "The truth of the matter is we have trouble coming up with proof of any civilian casualties that we have been responsible for. But we do have a lot of intelligence reporting about Qadhafi taking the bodies of the people he’s killed and putting them at the sites where we’ve attacked. We have been extremely careful in this military effort, and not just our pilots but the pilots of the other coalition air forces have really done an extraordinary job.” This comment by Gates came on "This Week" as to whether Libya was a vital interest to our country: "It...
  • Obama Urged to Clear Up Confusion Over Libya Mission in Critical Address

    03/27/2011 12:25:41 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies ^ | March 27, 2011 |
    President Obama faced mounting pressure Sunday to make crystal clear what the United States' intentions are in Libya, as he prepared to deliver an address to the nation that could go a long way toward determining whether the public views his actions as reckless or just. Despite the planned address, the administration continued to send out mixed signals Sunday about the direction and purpose of the mission in Libya. Obama said Saturday that intervening in Libya was "in our national interest," but then Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the conflict, while of interest to the United States, was "not a...
  • US officials: Libyan operation could last months

    03/27/2011 7:46:58 AM PDT · by quesney · 81 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S.-led military action in Libya has bolstered rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's forces, but the international operation could continue for months, the Obama administration says. NATO's top decision-making body was to meet Sunday to expand its enforcement of the no-fly zone to include air strikes against Libyan ground targets. The military progress follows deep criticism against Obama from lawmakers upset that the administration hadn't sought greater congressional input on Libya. [...] But asked on ABC's "This Week" if that would mean a U.S. military commitment until year's end, Gates said, "I don't think anybody knows the answer to...
  • 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...