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  • CNN breaks for briefing from Secretary Robert Gates [CENTCOM Commander Adm. William Fallon Resigns]

    03/11/2008 12:23:59 PM PDT · by gondramB · 170 replies · 5,666+ views
    CNN | March 11, 2008
    Rumor is Admiral William Fallon will retire suddenly No link yet
  • Cheney Praises Navy Recruits for Volunteering to Serve

    03/07/2008 3:54:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies · 367+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 7, 2008 – Vice President Richard B. Cheney thanked recruits and sailors at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., today for choosing to serve a cause greater than themselves in the struggle against terrorism. Cheney talked with about 4,000 recruits and sailors at the center outside Chicago, where his own father trained for his Navy service during World War II. The vice president compared today’s military members who, like their World War II predecessors, put their own interests aside to serve “when the country needed you most.” “Your presence at Great Lakes proves that you understand the core Navy...
  • Cheney Praises Fort Hood Troops, Pledges Perseverance in Iraq

    02/26/2008 3:33:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 113+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2008 – U.S. troops in Iraq will go down in military history as purveyors of democracy in the region, Vice President Richard B. Cheney told a cheering crowd today at Fort Hood, Texas. “Because of you, the people of Iraq can see a better day ahead,” he said. Before addressing 1st Cavalry Division soldiers and their families, Cheney helped uncase the colors of the Army’s 3rd Corps, which recently turned over control of Multinational Corps Iraq to 18th Airborne Corps. “On the ground in Iraq in all of 2007, you amassed a superb record,” Cheney told...
  • Gates Says (U.S.) Will Share (Satellite Destruction) Data With China

    02/21/2008 12:11:09 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 119 replies · 293+ views
    Google News (AP) ^ | 2/21/2008 | Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the United States is prepared to share with China some of the information it has about this week's U.S. satellite shootdown. His comments came after Beijing complained the missile strike could cause harm to outer space security and some countries. Gates told reporters during a visit to Hawaii that the United States is prepared to share whatever it can "appropriately" share with China. The Pentagon said earlier that debris from the obliterated satellite is being tracked over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans but appears to be too small to cause damage on...
  • Window to Open for Satellite Shoot-Down, Gates to Issue Order

    02/19/2008 4:30:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 31 replies · 215+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2008 – The anticipated landing tomorrow of the space shuttle Atlantis will open the window of opportunity for the U.S. military to shoot down a dying intelligence satellite headed toward Earth, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today. President Bush has authorized Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to give the shoot-down order, and the secretary received a briefing on the plan today, Morrell said. The secretary is prepared to make that call from the road, if necessary, during his nine-day, around-the-world trip that begins tomorrow, he said. Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint...
  • Defense Secretary Gates Slips, Breaks Shoulder, Misses Congressional Hearing

    02/13/2008 6:36:35 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 59 replies · 123+ views
    FOX ^ | February 13, 2008 | Admin Mod did all the work
    Bob Gates has fallen and he broke his arm
  • Gates Favors Pause After Surge Redeployments

    02/11/2008 3:40:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 45+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq, Feb. 11, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today he’ll probably recommend a pause for evaluation and assessment in Iraq before further troop reductions when the last surge brigade leaves in July. Gates spoke following a two-hour meeting with Multinational Force Iraq commander Army Gen. David H. Petraeus. “I think the notion of a brief period of consolidation and evaluation probably does make sense,” Gates told reporters traveling with him. The secretary did not speculate on how long the pause would be. Last month, Petraeus recommended a pause in redeployment from Iraq after...
  • Gates Connects NATO Afghanistan Effort With Terror Threat in Europe

    02/10/2008 10:33:35 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 62+ views
    MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 10, 2008 – The war on terror in Afghanistan is Europe’s war, too, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. During a speech at the 44th Munich Conference on Security Policy, Gates spoke directly to Europeans about the dangers al Qaeda and other jihadist groups pose to them. “The threat posed by violent Islamic extremism is real, and it is not going away,” Gates said. Gates said that while European government leaders understand the threats, public support in Europe for the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan is weak because many people on the continent don’t connect the...
  • Gates Arrives in Baghdad for Consultations

    02/10/2008 10:22:00 AM PST · by mdittmar · 42+ views
    DoD ^ | Feb. 10, 2008 | Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 10, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today and immediately went into meetings with senior Iraqi officials. The secretary arrived after a four-hour flight from Munich. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq, met Gates and escorted the secretary to a working dinner with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talibani and other senior officials. While en route to Baghdad, Gates told reporters traveling with him that he planned to congratulate the Iraqi leaders on their recent governmental progress. Gates said Iraqi lawmakers have been “energized” lately, passing a justice law...
  • Pakistan Finally Understands Terror Danger, Gates Says

    02/07/2008 3:46:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 124+ views
    VILNIUS, Lithuania, Feb. 7, 2008 – Pakistan only recently has realized that terrorists on its border with Afghanistan pose a significant threat, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a news conference here today. Gates is participating in informal NATO defense ministerial meetings. While the ministers did not specifically discuss the situation in Pakistan, Afghanistan is a major item on the agenda, and reporters asked the secretary about the unrest in Pakistan. “It’s only been in the last few months, in my opinion, that Pakistan has come to realize that the situation along the border with Afghanistan … potentially represents...
  • Gates Urges Action to Bolster NATO Effort in Afghanistan

    02/06/2008 4:45:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 30+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Moore, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2008 – Though many of its nations have been fighting hard in Afghanistan, action is needed to prevent NATO from becoming a two-tiered alliance in which some countries contribute military forces and some do not, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today at a congressional hearing. Many European nations do not understand the importance of the fight in Afghanistan to their own security, or that NATO’s response to the situation says a lot about the future of the alliance itself, Gates said at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee. Gates and other leaders have expressed...
  • Gates to Discuss Need to Boost NATO Forces in Afghanistan

    02/05/2008 3:51:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 29+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will discuss the need for more NATO forces in Afghanistan when he attends a defense ministers meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, later this week, a senior Defense Department official said here today. The 26 NATO-affiliated defense ministers are expected to discuss the alliance’s mission in Kosovo, European missile defense, relations with Russia and the war in Afghanistan during informal meetings held Feb. 7-8, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters at a news conference. In Vilnius, Gates “will take the opportunity to personally explain to his NATO colleagues why he is...
  • McCain and Rumsfeld

    01/27/2008 9:58:30 PM PST · by Checkers · 56 replies · 114+ views ^ | 01/26/2008 | Hugh Hewitt
    I admire Donald Rumsfeld. The former two-time Secretary of Defense, White House Chief of Staff and Congressman is also a former naval aviator and a very successful private sector executive. Rumsfeld's life has been defined by public service of the highest sort. His leadership in the war, from the moment he went towards the crash site on 9/11, was defined by a relentless focus on the enemy, a focus so extraordinary that it made him a political liability and a target for every grouser inside the Pentagon and every critic of the war--for whatever reason-- outside of the building. His...
  • Defense Secretary On Bono Meeting: 'I Thought U2 Was An Airplane!'

    01/27/2008 6:55:36 AM PST · by jdm · 58 replies · 267+ views
    Post Chronicle ^ | Jan. 27, 2008 | Staff
    U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was unfased when he met U2 rock star Bono - as he had no idea who he was. The With Or Without You star met the politician at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. on Thursday (24Jan08), as part of his efforts to persuade world leaders to increase aid to developing nations. The U2 frontman and humanitarian has already pressed French president Nicolas Sarkozy to stick to plans to raise development assistance to poorer countries, particularly those in Africa, and he continued his campaign with a low-key meeting with Gates. But the 64-year-old admits he was...
  • Gates: Iranian Boats’ Actions ‘Raise Concerns’

    01/10/2008 3:51:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 108+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2008 – U.S. defense officials were very disturbed by the actions of Iranian attack boats in the Straits of Hormuz on Jan. 6, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today, and he dismissed Iranian charges that U.S. officials doctored a videotape to make the Iranians look bad. The five Iranian boats “buzzed” three U.S. Navy warships transiting the straits into the Persian Gulf. The boats approached within 500 yards of the ships and appeared to drop boxes into the water in the path of the U.S. ships. Officials released a video showing the boats and recordings...
  • Iraqi Military Plays Indispensible Role in Security, Gates Says

    01/10/2008 3:45:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 54+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2008 – The Iraqi military has played a crucial and indispensible role in building the new security environment in the country, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (left) reacts to a comment from the press during a joint news conference with Iraqi Minister of Defense Abd al-Qadir al-Mufriji at the Pentagon, Jan. 10, 2008. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gates spoke during a joint news conference with Iraqi Defense Minister Abd al-Qadir al-Mufriji. The minister met with Gates to discuss laying...
  • Troops Meet With Defense Secretary in California

    01/08/2008 3:30:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 68+ views
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., Jan. 8, 2008 – Sgt. Kevin Knight has been a Marine for four years. He has deployed three times to Iraq. The first was in 2004, when he was just out of his infantry training. He returned from his most recent deployment in November. With their commanders ushered from the room, Knight and about 50 other Marines fresh from deployment were able to sit across the table from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates here yesterday to ask straight questions and get straight answers on whatever was on their minds. Gates met with troops on Navy and Marine...
  • Holiday Message from Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates (CHRISTMAS)

    12/25/2007 9:01:31 AM PST · by SandRat · 83+ views
    The holidays offer a special time to remember our many blessings as Americans – perhaps chief among them are the dedicated Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who protect our nation. Since assuming this post a year ago, I have been awed and humbled by our men and women in uniform who are carving for themselves a noble place in American history. We began the year by deploying tens of thousands of additional troops to Iraq as part of a concerted civil-military effort. Violence has declined sharply, and former enemy strongholds are being transformed into communities of hope and possibility. While...
  • Gates: Iraq Visit Demonstrates Progress, Need for Political Action

    12/06/2007 3:34:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 96+ views
    MANAMA, Bahrain, Dec. 6, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the broad perspectives he’s received in Iraq over the last two days have convinced him Iraq is on the right track and that Iraqi leaders understand they need to move more quickly to keep up with security gains. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates greets local leaders in Mosul, Iraq, during a trip to Iraq's third-largest city, Dec. 5, 2007. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gates today wrapped up a whirlwind visit to Iraq, where he met with Iraqi government...
  • Gates Seeks to Build on Positive Momentum in Iraq

    12/05/2007 3:27:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 86+ views
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 5, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates talked with Iraqi leaders and U.S. commanders here today to explore ways to maintain momentum built in recent months and continue to build on it. Gates met with Iraqi President Jalal Talibani, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Defense Minister Abd al-Qadir al-Mufriji and U.S. commanders. Here on his sixth visit as defense secretary, Gates noted vast security improvements. During a joint news conference with Mufriji, Gates cited “recent months of dramatic change in the security situation across the nation, a decline in violence to levels not seen since the Samarra mosque...