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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 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...