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  • Ex-US officials criticise Obama ‘micromanagement’

    11/16/2014 7:59:19 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    Daily Times (Lahore Pakistan) ^ | Sunday, November 16, 2014 | AFP
    Leon Panetta and Robert Gates, two former directors of the CIA and Defence Department, on Saturday criticised President Barack Obama's micromanagement of the military. “For the past 25 to 30 years, there has been a centralisation of power in the White House,” Panetta said during a panel discussion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. “Because of that centralisation of authority at the White House, there are too few voices that are being heard.” Without naming the Obama administration, Panetta said that by the time you get to the White House, the staff has already decided what should be done. Panetta...
  • Milbank wonders: Why are Obama’s former officials so disloyal?

    10/07/2014 4:28:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 7, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    Twitter had a lot of fun with this question last night, mostly at Dana Milbank’s expense, but the emergence of several tell-all accounts while Barack Obama is still in office does seem a little … remarkable. At least three books in the past year or two have opened the ledger on Obama’s policies and decisions as President, an effort that usually — but not always — begins after a President leaves office. Leon Panetta is the third Cabinet official, and more importantly the third major member of Obama’s national-security team, to write memoirs that criticize him in highly detailed accounts....
  • New Boy Scouts president: Gay scout leaders acceptable

    05/28/2014 10:30:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 56 replies
    life site news ^ | Dustin Siggins
    IRVING, TX, May 27, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who led the military to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell, says that he would have allowed homosexual leaders for Boy Scouts of America. Gates, who was elected to head the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for a two-year term last week, said that he "would have supported having gay Scoutmasters, but at the same time, I fully accept the decision that was democratically arrived at by 1,500 volunteers from across the entire country." A year ago, BSA allowed openly homosexual scouts for the first time. The policy reads...
  • Questions linger on gay Boy Scout leaders as Gates takes over

    05/22/2014 7:38:26 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 33 replies
    http://news.msn.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Marice Richter
    DALLAS (Reuters) - As former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is set to head the Boy Scouts of America, many are wondering if the official who helped end the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy will also lift the scout's ban on gay adult leaders. The century-old Texas-based organization kicked off its annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday as questions lingered over its decision last year to allow gay scouts in its ranks but bar them from adult leadership posts. Gates, a former CIA director, will succeed Boy Scouts President Wayne Perry, who led the group through the emotionally...
  • Geithner Confirms Obama's a Liar, Again, and Again, and Again

    05/16/2014 5:18:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2014 | John Ransom
    News flash to the world: Obama’s a liar. Yeah, all politicians are. I get that part. But not all politicians get pilloried for it in books by their top aides. Tim Geithner appears to be the last of a plethora of administration insiders who say that Obama fibs. A lot. Geithner claims that Obama, through Jack Lew, asked him to blow a “dog whistle” to the Left by claiming that social security wouldn’t contribute to future deficits. Geithner explains that the “dog whistle” was secret code telling the Left that social security wouldn’t be touched according to an account by...
  • In Our Hour of Maximum Danger, We Get Bizzaro Jack Kennedy

    01/30/2014 4:55:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    Well it’s clear from president Obama’s State of the Union poetry that we’ve reached the terminal phase of the old deal that’s been foisted on us, also known as the New Deal. Back when the world was young president Kennedy told us that it was time for a new generation of leaders, “tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage--and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed…. who have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour...
  • Why Do We Have 'Bridgegate' -- But Not 'Gatesgate'?

    01/16/2014 5:21:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | Larry Elder
    The media quickly came up with a term for the apparently politically orchestrated George Washington Bridge traffic jam: "Bridgegate." Now what catchy term do the media attach to the explosive new book castigating the incumbent wartime commander in chief? "Gatesgate"? Hardly. Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is suspected of orchestrating, for political payback, a traffic jam on the GW Bridge. "Meet the Press" spent more than half of its most recent show -- 28 minutes not counting commercials -- on "Bridgegate," less than 11 minutes on the Gates' allegations, another 12 minutes reporting on women living in poverty and...
  • Robert Gates interview and Panel – on Hannity – 1-14-2014

    01/15/2014 12:32:54 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 3 replies
    Sword and Sheild of Hawaii ^ | jan. 14 , 2014 | Sword and Sheild of Hawaii
    All 6 parts of the program videos embedded here - Don't miss this ! Excellent panel starts at Part 4
  • Hannity show has Robert Gates on (10PM EST right now)

    01/14/2014 7:01:57 PM PST · by dennisw · 5 replies
    1 14 2014 | Robert Gates
    On FOX news channel One hour with Robert Gates ...one hour I believe
  • Robert Gates Book Portrays Obama as a Different Kind of President

    01/14/2014 6:00:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Like just about everybody else in Washington and many across the country, I've been reading the excerpts from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' book "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War." It presents a significantly more negative picture of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton than Gates' statements in office led anyone to expect. And it presents an interesting contrast with Gates' previous memoir, "From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War," published in 1996. To be sure, Gates in "Duty" says many positive things about his most recent former colleagues....
  • Gates: White House 'should go look in the mirror'

    01/13/2014 5:22:14 PM PST · by kristinn · 26 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Monday, January 13, 2014 | Holly Bailey
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates pushed back against critics who suggested he should have sat on his memoir about his years in the Obama administration, insisting his tell-all is not a “betrayal” of Obama. In an interview with Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric, Gates insisted he did not have an “adversarial relationship” with Obama and that he has a “lot of admiration” for the president. But the former defense secretary, who also worked for President George W. Bush, did not mince words about Obama’s current and former top aides, who have slammed Gates’ account as being self-serving and driven...
  • Rubio, McCain: Gates should have waited to write his book

    01/13/2014 1:13:52 PM PST · by lowbridge · 57 replies
    washington post ^ | january 12, 2014 | Niraj Chokshi
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates should have waited to publish the memoir in which he harshly criticized President Obama's leadership in the war in Afghanistan, two top Republican senators said  Sunday. "I would have waited, but as far as waiting until it's over in Afghanistan, I wouldn't have done that," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on CNN's "State of the Union," though he was quick to praise the former defense secretary. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a potential 2016 presidential contender, made similar comments on CBS's "Face the Nation." "My preference would be that people would refrain from writing these sorts...
  • Gates: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ fight was only time Obama showed ‘passion’ for military issues

    01/13/2014 2:29:57 AM PST · by South40 · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 12, 2014 | Ed Henry
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates sharply questions President Obama's "passion" for military matters in his forthcoming memoir, and claims that practically the only time he saw that in the president was during his push to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." The former Pentagon chief said in an interview aired Sunday that he was "disturbed" by Obama's "absence of passion" when it came to his military strategy. But in the book, "Duty," reviewed by Fox News, Gates hit Obama harder -- and in personal terms -- by contrasting his style with that of former President George W. Bush. "One quality I...
  • The Wars of Robert Gates

    01/11/2014 12:26:58 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 32 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 10, 2014 | ROBERT M. GATES
    For the first several months, it took a lot of discipline to sit quietly at the table as everyone from President Obama on down took shots at President Bush and his team. Sitting there, I would often think to myself, Am I invisible? During these excoriations, there was never any acknowledgment that I had been an integral part of that earlier team. Discussions in the Situation Room allowed no room for discriminating analysis: Everything was awful, and Obama and his team had arrived just in time to save the day. Our discussions soon turned to the war in Afghanistan. My...
  • Opening the Gates of Hell

    01/11/2014 7:52:37 AM PST · by Conservative Beacon · 21 replies
    The Conservative Beacon ^ | January 11, 2014 | Ellis Washington
    A UK Daily Mail article on former defense secretary Robert Gates who served in both the Obama and Bush administrations exposes damning allegations in a new book which describes Obama as ‘a feckless commander-in-chief who was less interested in winning wars than in taking political advantage of withdrawing America from them’ and in one meeting Hillary Clinton and Obama admitted they opposed Iraq troop surge only for what in essence amounted to cowardly, selfish political advantage. Robert Gates, secretary of defense under Barack Obama and George W. Bush, argues that Hillary Clinton used craven, Machiavellian political tactics in 2006 when...
  • What did Hillary know - and when did she know it - concerning Def. Sec. Gate's tell-some memoir?

    01/09/2014 12:57:11 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    1/9/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    What did Hillary (D-Dem-e) know? Surely she knew at least to a large degree what former Defense Secretary Gates has proffered in his tell-some memoir (as it seriously torpedoes Biden and Obama but not so much Hillary in comparison). Funny... BOTH Chris Christie (R-GOP-e) and Biden (D-Dem-e) have been torpedoed in near-simultaneous fashion, as the memoir was some time in the writing, as well as the info coming out that hurts Chris Christie happened some time back. Coincidence? .......... And all this right after a power base is established with De BLAH-sio being coronated, er, I mean elected as mayor...
  • WH tries to contain the damage [behind-the-scenes clashes were by design....]

    01/09/2014 7:51:49 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    January 08, 2014, 08:30 pm WH tries to contain the damage By Jeremy Herb, Kristina Wong and Justin Sink The White House sought to contain the damage Wednesday from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s memoir, insisting that behind-the-scenes clashes were by design and President Obama was always committed to his strategy for Afghanistan. Press secretary Jay Carney stressed that Obama had intentionally assembled a “team of rivals” with diverging views, while former aides took to the airwaves to defend both the president and Vice President Biden. In his book, early excerpts of which were published by some media organizations on...
  • Gates: for Obama, War is 'about Getting Out' Former defense secretary says Obama was convinced

    01/08/2014 8:09:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    inn ^ | 1/8/14 | Gil Ronen
    In a new memoir, former US defense secretary Robert Gates delivered bruising opinions about President Barack Obama’s leadership in the Afghanistan war. Gates said that by early 2010 he had concluded the president “doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.” In what the Washington Post called “one of the more serious charges that a defense secretary could make against a commander in chief sending forces into combat,” Gates observed that Obama was very pessimisic regarding his own strategy in Afghanistan. The president was “skeptical if not...
  • White House: Obama not propping up Joe Biden

    01/08/2014 1:18:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 84 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/8/14 | Brian Hughes
    The White House, in damage control after a blistering memoir by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates went public, insisted that a full slate of events between President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden was not meant to prop up Biden. In a rare move, the White House opened up the weekly lunch between Obama and Biden to photographers Wednesday, prompting speculation that the administration was trying to gloss over a brutal 24 hours for Obama’s number two. “You can decide for yourself what you want to believe,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday, calling the timing of the...
  • FLASHBACK: Biden in 2008: ‘Thank God Robert Gates is in Charge’

    01/08/2014 1:41:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/8/14 | staff
    Speaking at a National Guard Association Conference in September 2008, Joe Biden praised Defense Secretary Robert Gates, exclaiming “Thank God Gates in in charge now!” Flash forward six years later and Gates has not returned the favor. Gates wrote a new memoir, which details his time during office, revealing can’t miss tidbits and making digs at important government officials, most notably taking a jab at Vice President Biden.
  • It Would be Helpful If Guys Like Bob Gates Would Tell the American People What They Know

    01/08/2014 11:50:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 18, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Is it any surprise that Barack Obama -- see, this is my point, in a nutshell, this is it, this is it. Is it any surprise that Barack Obama and his gang don't like the military? Is it any surprise that everything they do is a political calculation? No. None of this ought to be a surprise to anyone. The real question is -- and I don't know Robert Gates -- you know, this is becoming a trend. You got journalists who are covering campaigns who do not report things that could have impact on the outcome....
  • Former Obama aides push back on Gates [Daley, Axerod]

    01/08/2014 8:58:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 8, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Former White House officials on Wednesday rushed to defend President Obama against scathing criticism from former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. In his new memoir, Gates wrote the president did not believe in his own strategy in Afghanistan, and that for him, it was “all about getting out.” Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said Gates shouldn’t have released his memoir while the war in Afghanistan is still being fought. “It’s one thing as historians look back on an administration, but in the middle of it, when you’re pursuing a war at the same time, and one that...
  • The Quiet Fury of Robert Gates

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

    01/08/2014 3:12:29 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 33 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 08 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    "I may be the secretary of defense, but I am also an American citizen,  and there is no son-of-a-bitch in the world who can talk to me like that." Turns out that (genuinely bipartisan) former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates -the only high level official to stay-on from the Bush to Obama administrations, and who worked in some capacity for every US president since Richard Nixon- 'almost quit' in a 2009 Afghanistan strategy meeting, after being treated like crap by a President who he felt had zero grasp of "the uncertainties and unpredictability of war.' " This -among other...
  • Gates Faults Obama Over Afghanistan

    01/07/2014 5:24:38 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 7, 2014 | JULIAN E. BARNES and PETER NICHOLAS
    WASHINGTON—Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates compiled a pointed critique of President Barack Obama's oversight of the Afghanistan war in a new memoir that exposes strains within the administration over a vital period for U.S. military strategy. Mr. Gates writes that the president lost faith in the very war strategy he approved, wanted most to find a way out of combat, soured on his handpicked commander and tried to micromanage Pentagon policy, with White House aides facing off against four-star generals.
  • Gates Slams Biden in Memoir, Reveals He Nearly Quit

    01/07/2014 1:11:41 PM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 34 replies
    Time ^ | Jan. 07, 2014 | Zeke J Miller
    Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has harsh words for Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign policy judgement in his soon-to-be-released memoir. According to the New York Times, which obtained an early copy of the memoir, Gates calls Biden “a man of integrity,” but questions his record. “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates writes, according to the Times. Gates, the only high-level holdover from the Bush administration to the President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, reveals he nearly quit his post in September 2009 while Obama reviewed...
  • Gates slams Biden in new memoir

    01/07/2014 12:50:00 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    January 07, 2014, 02:52 pm Gates slams Biden in new memoir By Rebecca Shabad Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates slams Vice President Joe Biden in a new memoir, saying Biden has been wrong on "nearly every" major foreign policy and national security issues for the past 40 years. Gates calls Biden “a man of integrity,” but questions his judgment, writes The New York Times. The paper obtained an advance copy of the book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” which will be released next week. “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national...
  • Book review: ‘Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War’ by Robert M. Gates (WaPo)

    01/07/2014 5:30:44 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/7/2014 | Greg Jaffe
    In his new book, which has nearly 600 pages of text, Gates takes the reader inside the war-room deliberations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and delivers unsentimental assessments of each man’s temperament, intellect and management style. “It is difficult to imagine two more different men,” Gates writes. Gates left Washington in 2011 with a reputation as a steady, sober-minded member of the foreign policy establishment, who had served eight presidents and was admired equally by Republicans and Democrats. The next time Gates visits the capital, his reception may not be quite so warm. “Duty” is his second...
  • Extra: "A gutsy call" Robert Gates is a Hypocrite.

    01/07/2014 3:46:42 PM PST · by vrwc54 · 36 replies
    CBS 60 Minutes ^ | 5/15/11 | Katie Couric
    From the 60 Minutes interview: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates tells Katie Couric that the mission was one of the most courageous decisions he's ever seen a president make. He calls it a "gutsy call."This 2 minute video is disgusting in its sycophancy. I've never forgiven Gates. There was no bigger Obama suck-up than Gates. Now he is an Obama critic? Give me a break.
  • Robert Gates, former defense secretary, offers harsh critique of Obama’s leadership in ‘Duty’

    01/07/2014 12:19:22 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2014 | Bob Woodward,
    Gates writes about Obama with an ambivalence that he does not resolve, praising him as “a man of personal integrity” even as he faults his leadership. Though the book simmers with disappointment in Obama, it reflects outright contempt for Vice President Biden and many of Obama’s top aides. Biden is accused of “poisoning the well” against the military leadership. Thomas Donilon, initially Obama’s deputy national security adviser, and then-Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, the White House coordinator for the wars, are described as regularly engaged in “aggressive, suspicious, and sometimes condescending and insulting questioning of our military leaders.” During that...
  • Robert Gates Says Syria Is A Tornado, And The US Should Keeps Its Hands Out

    07/06/2013 10:45:11 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 3 2013 | GEOFFREY INGERSOLL
    Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham think attacking Syria to establish a no-fly zone will somehow stem Iranian nuclear ambitions, while Dr. Robert Gates says the whole mess is like "sticking your hand in a tornado." Gates, both a former Secretary of Defense and a former CIA director, says involvement in Syria is a slippery slope that will only lead to deeper, riskier commitments. "The question about the involvement in Syria is, can you put just a few fingers into the tornado? And at what point, when that fails, do the pressures to do more gradually draw you in further...
  • Giving China the 'Key to the Front Door'

    10/03/2007 3:52:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies · 409+ views
    The Loft (GOPUSA blog) ^ | October 3, 2007 | Bobby Eberle
    Several months ago, the Pentagon's network and e-mail system fell victim to computer hacking. After an internal investigation, Pentagon officials declared that the hack was perpetrated by the Chinese military. In particular, officials said the attack "was by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) and that it led to the shutdown of a computer system serving the office of Defense Secretary Robert Gates." Now, a Chinese company with ties to the country's military, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and the Taliban will gain access to U.S. defense-network technology under a proposed merger.According to a story in the Washington Times, Huawei Technologies...
  • Gates defends W.H. on Benghazi

    05/12/2013 3:09:24 PM PDT · by man_in_tx · 24 replies
    Politico (via Pat Dollard) ^ | 5/12/13 2:10 PM EDT | Hadas Gold
    In a wide-ranging interview aired Sunday, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates defended the administration's handling of the Benghazi attacks in Libya and addressed U.S. involvement in Syria, Iraq and North Korea. . . . Excerpt only.
  • White House: Libya Fight Is Not War, It's 'Kinetic Military Action'

    03/23/2011 8:39:35 PM PDT · by kristinn · 74 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | Byron York
    In the last few days, Obama administration officials have frequently faced the question: Is the fighting in Libya a war? From military officers to White House spokesmen up to the president himself, the answer is no. But that leaves the question: What is it? In a briefing on board Air Force One Wednesday, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes took a crack at an answer. "I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a very clear set of goals, which is protecting the Libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis, and setting up a no-fly zone," Rhodes...
  • Robert Gates: Obama made right decisions night of Benghazi attack

    05/12/2013 12:54:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 196 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 05/12/2013 | By Brad Knickerbocker
    The Obama administration got some backing Sunday for the way in which it responded as terrorists attacked the US diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, last September – a night of violence and confusion during which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a Republican who served in both the Bush and Obama administrations, said if he had been at the Pentagon at that time, "Frankly … I think my decisions would have been just as theirs were.” Republican critics have said a Special Forces team or overflights by fighter aircraft based in Italy...
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 60 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regimeÂ’s chemical weapons and whether SyriaÂ’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after AssadÂ’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on SyriaÂ’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after IsraelÂ’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • What Is Samantha Power Thinking? The charismatic Obama adviser believes that stopping “genocide”...

    03/31/2011 1:26:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 29, 2011 | Matthew Shaffer
    What Is Samantha Power Thinking?The charismatic Obama adviser believes that stopping "genocide" is the United States' top foreign-policy priority. On March 18, President Obama explained his decision to mobilize the United States military for international intervention in Libya. “Left unchecked,” he said, “we have every reason to believe that Qaddafi would commit atrocities against his people. Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue. The entire region could be destabilized, endangering many of our allies and partners.” (As if it hasn’t been already?) That last sentence was a Realpolitik, national-interest justification for the U.S. intervention. But it rang hollow....
  • White House exodus continues as National Security Adviser resigns

    10/08/2010 12:58:30 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 18 replies
    London Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | October 8, 2010 | Alex Spillius
    The exodus of senior aides from the White House continued as Gen James Jones, Barack Obama’s head of National Security, resigned. His departure, which comes a week after Rahm Emanuel, the chief of staff, resigned, removes one of the few senior officials not belonging to the US president’s coterie of long-time advisers. Brought in originally for his vast experience and independent voice, it had been clear for some time that the former Nato supreme commander had failed to gel with the president’s inner circle. Gen Jones is being replaced by one of those close aides, his former deputy Thomas Donilon....
  • Benghazi-gate fruits of pseudo Obamanism's not to call the global enemy by name (radical Islam)

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

    08/06/2012 4:46:19 PM PDT · by Jess Kitting · 198 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | August 6, 2012 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Why are the college records, of a 51-year-old President of the United States, so important to keep secret? I think I know the answer. If anyone should have questions about Obama’s record at Columbia University, it’s me. We both graduated (according to Obama) Columbia University, Class of ’83. We were both (according to Obama) Pre-Law and Political Science majors. And I thought I knew most everyone at Columbia. I certainly thought I’d heard of all of my fellow Political Science majors. But not Obama (or as he was known then- Barry Soetoro). I never met him. Never saw him. Never...
  • Exclusive: Caddell Names National Security Advisor Tom Donilon As Source For Leaks

    06/11/2012 12:46:05 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 27 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 6/11/2012 | Breitbart.com
    Interesting stuff!!! Interview done by Stephen K. Bannon.
  • Cain taps Rumsfeld spokesman

    10/01/2011 7:15:55 PM PDT · by justsaynomore · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/1/11 | Don Surber
    Herman Cain will add a heavyweight to his campaign staff on Monday. Taking over as campaign spokesman will be J.D. Gordon, who served as a Pentagon spokesman from 2005-2009 under Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates. Gordon is a retired Navy commander. He succeeds Ellen Carmichael, a 2009 graduate of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. So how did CNN report this story? From CNN: “Herman Cain communications director resigns.” No mention was made of J.D. Gordon, at all. Reporter Shannon Travis made it sound as if Team Cain was on the rocks: “It’s a very amicable departure,” Carmichael...
  • Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates: Israel an ungrateful ally

    09/06/2011 7:53:06 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 86 replies
    Christians United for Israel ^ | September 6, 2011
    Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates blasted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that his policies were ungrateful towards the US and were isolating Israel on a global level. Gates’ harsh words were said during a meeting of the National Security Council Principals Committee, Bloomberg’s Jeffrey Goldber reported Tuesday. Gates believes Netanyahu’s government has offered the Obama administration “nothing in return” for its generous security aid, which includes access to top-quality weapons, assistance in developing missile-defense systems and high-level intelligence sharing. The former defense secretary said that not only is Netanyahu ungrateful, but his polices were “endangering his country by...
  • Secretary Gates’ Legacy: A Nuclear-Armed Iran

    06/28/2011 5:33:25 AM PDT · by harpu · 6 replies
    NewsMax.com ^ | June 27, 2011 | Alan Dershowitz
    As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates prepares to retire to private life — after five years as the head of the Department of Defense in both the Bush and Obama administrations — praise is being heaped on him by Democrats and Republicans alike. Herein a dissenting view. History will not be kind to Gates. Despite some noteworthy accomplishments, he will be remembered as the single most important facilitator of an Iranian regime with nuclear weapons. Future historians will compare him to Neville Chamberlain’s military advisers who opposed all forms of military intervention against the greatest potential danger of the era:...
  • Our World: An Obama foreign policy (0's America = Surrender Monkey)

    06/21/2011 10:49:28 AM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/21/2011 | Caroline Glick
    Outgoing US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is worried about the shape of things to come in US foreign policy. In an interview with Newsweek over the weekend, Gates sounded the warning bells. In Gates’ words, “I’ve spent my entire adult life with the United States as a superpower, and one that had no compunction about spending what it took to sustain that position. It didn’t have to look over its shoulder because our economy was so strong. This is a different time. “To tell you the truth, that’s one of the many reasons it’s time for me to retire, because...
  • The Defense Rests (Sec. Gates: Resigning in part before U.S. goes down on Obama's watch)

    06/19/2011 3:28:26 PM PDT · by kristinn · 63 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Sunday, June 19, 2011 | John Barry and Tara McKelvey
    Aboard the Pentagon jet on his last foreign trip as secretary of defense, Robert Gates takes a moment to peer across the American horizon—and the view is dire: the U.S. is in danger of losing its supremacy on the global stage, he says. “I’ve spent my entire adult life with the United States as a superpower, and one that had no compunction about spending what it took to sustain that position,” he tells NEWSWEEK, seated in a windowless conference room aboard the Boeing E-4B. “It didn’t have to look over its shoulder because our economy was so strong. This is...
  • Waiting For Superwoman:Rebuttal to Dana Milbank's "Tour De Farce"

    06/18/2011 3:02:49 PM PDT · by Barry Secrest · 4 replies
    Conservative Refocus ^ | 06/18/11 | Barry Secrest
    Simply fascinating. You know that things for the Progressive-Liberals are not going so terribly well when the cream of the Liberal crop begin to retract their fatally flawed ideological ideas back into their respective shells much like a turtle under grave duress. Yet this retreat appears to be the latest phenomena with regard to the art of the Conservative refutation. One of the reasons that we began running regular rebuttal pieces was actually based on a lifetime of personal experience. You certainly know the feeling: Minding your own business, meandering through your favorite newspaper when you finally make it to...
  • Gates' Choice: His Damage to the All-Volunteer Force

    06/14/2011 10:39:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2011 | Frank Gaffney
    In this space a few weeks ago, we discussed the peculiar case of outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He has spent the past month warning about where the U.S. security posture is headed if President Obama has his way on further budget cuts, if forces are withdrawn from Afghanistan prematurely and if many of the NATO allies continue to shirk their responsibilities towards the common defense. "Headed south" would be a charitable characterization of his assessment of that direction. Mr. Gates could not be more right, of course. It is deeply regrettable that all those in the executive branch, the...
  • Gates to NATO: Shape up or we’ll be shipping out. A Dim future for US-European alliance?

    06/10/2011 10:21:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/10/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Robert Gates will leave his post as Secretary of Defense at the end of this month, but on the way out, he has decided to take a truth-telling lap. Earlier today, Gates addressed NATO in blunt terms, telling European partners that American patience with their lack of military contribution has just about run out. Future leaders in the US won’t have grown up in the Cold War/WWII paradigm, which means they won’t see a strong connection between American and European security — and that means a “dim, if not dismal” future for NATO: America’s military alliance with Europe — the...
  • Robert Gates Is Right About Iraq

    06/04/2011 5:29:20 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    New Republic ^ | June 3, 2011 | Fouad Ajami
    The U.S. war in Iraq has just been given an unexpected seal of approval. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in what he billed as his “last major policy speech in Washington,” has owned up to the gains in Iraq, to the surprise that Iraq has emerged as “the most advanced Arab democracy in the region.” It was messy, this Iraqi democratic experience, but Iraqis “weren’t in the streets shooting each other, the government wasn’t in the streets shooting its people,” Gates observed. The Americans and the Iraqis had not labored in vain; the upheaval of the Arab Spring has only underlined...