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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
    hughhewitt.townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • Defense Secretary Gates Makes Unannounced Visit to Iraq

    12/05/2007 12:07:03 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 103+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | December 5, 2007
    Excerpt - MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Wednesday to assess the progress that has been made in recent months since the buildup of U.S. forces began to take hold and reduce violence in some parts of the country. Making his sixth trip to the battlefront in a year, Gates planned to talk to Gen. David Petraeus, the top military commander in Iraq, and also meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. ~ snip ~
  • Gates: Intelligence Estimate Shows Need to Keep Up Pressure on Iran

    12/04/2007 4:33:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 97+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 4, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today pointed to the new national intelligence estimate as evidence that non-military means are the best way for the United States to deal with Iran’s nuclear enrichment program. Responding to a reporter’s query during a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai here, Gates said the estimate, released yesterday, also underscores the need for the international community to continue pressuring Iran not to restart its nuclear weapons program. “If anything, the new national estimate validates the administration’s strategy of bringing diplomatic and economic pressures to bear on...
  • Gates Earns Prestigious Boy Scouts of America Honor

    11/16/2007 3:36:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 125+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2007 – A local Boy Scouts of America organization recognized Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates for his lifelong devotion to scouting during an award ceremony here yesterday. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates thanks members of the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council after receiving the organization’s Citizen of the Year award at their annual dinner in Washington, D.C., Nov. 15, 2007. Photo by Cherie A. Thurlby  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gates received the “Citizen of the Year” award, bestowed annually by the National Capital Area Council. Since 1968, the council has recognized...
  • Gates Jawbones Hill on War Spending

    11/15/2007 1:06:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies · 49+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/15/7 | ROBERT BURNS and ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writers
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that unless Congress passes funding for the Iraq war within days, he will direct the Army and Marine Corps to begin developing plans to lay off employees and terminate contracts early next year. Gates, who met with members of Congress on Wednesday, said that he does not have the money or the flexibility to move funding around to adequately cover the costs of the continuing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. "There is a misperception that this department can continue funding our troops in the field for an indefinite period of time through accounting maneuvers,...
  • Gates heads to China to air misgivings about military build-up-(why did they blow up satellite)

    11/03/2007 4:22:29 AM PDT · by Flavius · 19 replies · 119+ views
    channelasia ^ | 11/3/2007 | channelasia
    WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates heads to Beijing on Saturday to air US misgivings about the direction China is taking with a military build-up. Gates, who also is scheduled to visit South Korea and Japan during the week-long trip, will meet with President Hu Jintao as well as China's other top military leaders during a two and half day stay in Beijing. The US side is hoping the Chinese will agree to establish a telephone hot line linking the Pentagon and Chinese defence ministry as a mark of improving security ties, a senior defence official said. But on his...
  • Gates: NATO Must Increase Assets, Cut Caveats in Afghanistan

    10/25/2007 5:09:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 26+ views
    HEIDELBERG, Germany, Oct. 25, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M Gates urged European military leaders meeting here today to step up their countries’ contributions in Afghanistan and eliminate restrictions on their forces that threaten the mission’s success. The NATO alliance has made huge contributions leading the International Security Assistance Force, Gates told officers attending the 15th Conference of European Armies. U.S. Army Europe sponsors the annual ground-forces conference. He noted that NATO leads 25 provincial reconstruction teams that are helping the Afghans build infrastructure, while some allies are conducting decisive military actions that are thwarting Taliban efforts. Meanwhile, Gates said,...
  • Pentagon chief seeking plan to close Guantanamo

    09/26/2007 2:17:44 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies · 160+ views
    Pentagon chief seeking plan to close Guantanamo Wed Sep 26, 2007 5:06pm EDT By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday he wanted to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo but could not forge agreement inside the Bush administration. Gates said the Pentagon was still pushing the issue, but stumbling blocks remain, primarily over where al Qaeda and Taliban suspects would be held if not at the base in Cuba. "I was unable to achieve agreement within the executive branch on how to proceed," Gates told a U.S. Senate committee. "I have asked...
  • Gates Presents 'Realist's View of Promoting Democracy Abroad'

    09/17/2007 4:37:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 145+ views
    WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Sept. 17, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates presented his “realist’s view" of promoting democracy abroad during a speech delivered at the World Forum on the Future of Democracy here today. (Video) Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks during the World Forum on the Future of Democracy in Williamsburg, Va., Sept. 17, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gates said democratic reform takes time, and to abandon Iraq would be a setback for freedom and stability in the region, and it would not be in the United States’...
  • Failure in Iraq Would Have ‘Enormous’ Consequences, Gates Says

    09/16/2007 12:49:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 310+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2007 – Failure in Iraq would empower extremists and have “enormous” consequences for the Middle East and the United States, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today during his appearance on two television news talk shows. Appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace and This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Gates said the consequences of failure is a forgotten theme in Washington’s debate about Iraq. “No matter how you feel about how we got to where we are, the consequences of getting this wrong for Iraq, for the region, for us, are enormous,” he told said....
  • Gates, Pace Vow to Pursue, Defeat 9/11 Perpetrators

    09/11/2007 12:46:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 122+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told grieving family members at the Pentagon’s west wall today that the military would continue to pursue and defeat America’s enemies, especially terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda, which instigated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. (Video) Mazie Lawson meets with reporters after the Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony at the Pentagon on the sixth anniversary of the attacks. Lawson said she still grieves for her daughter, Cecelia E. Richard, a federal civilian employee who was among the 184 innocent people killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the...
  • Rumsfeld Gets Stanford Fellowship (Students whine..)

    09/09/2007 2:21:52 PM PDT · by nancyvideo · 22 replies · 591+ views
    RightBias News ^ | 9-9-07 | UPI
    Some faculty and students at Stanford University say they are outraged by the fellowship appointment of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld, who resigned last year amid intense criticism of his handling of the Iraq war, has been given a one-year fellowship at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.
  • Donald Rumsfeld heading to Stanford's Hoover Institution

    09/08/2007 9:15:32 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 937+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 9-7-07 | Lisa M. Krieger
    Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, who directed the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and then resigned last November after months of mounting pressure, will join Stanford University's Hoover Institution as a visiting fellow. Rumsfeld, who also led the nation's response to Sept. 11, will participate in the institution's new task force of scholars and experts studying post-Sept. 11 ideology and terror, according to Hoover director John Raisian, in a statement released Friday afternoon. "I have asked Don to join the distinguished group of scholars that will pursue new insights on the direction of thinking that the United...
  • Rumsfeld resigned before election, letter shows

    08/15/2007 8:52:20 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 41 replies · 1,445+ views
    Rumsfeld resigned before election, letter shows Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:40AM EDT By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Rumsfeld, architect of the unpopular Iraq war, resigned as defense secretary before last year's November election but his decision was not announced until after the voting, according to his resignation letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. The letter was dated November 6, the day before voters, angered by Iraq, went to the polls and swept Republicans from power in Congress. According to a stamp on the letter, President George W. Bush saw it on election day. Bush, however, did not announce...
  • Salute and Disobey?

    08/13/2007 11:46:18 AM PDT · by bnelson44 · 24 replies · 1,039+ views
    Foreign Affairs ^ | September/October 2007 | Richard B. Myers and Richard H. Kohn
    Summary: Did the Bush administration disregard military expertise before the Iraq war? Should military leaders have done more to protest in response? Michael Desch's "Bush and the Generals" (May/June 2007) contains significant errors of fact and interpretation. One of us, Richard Myers, has direct knowledge and personal experience with the subject; the other, Richard Kohn, has been studying and observing American civil-military relations for 45 years. Bush administration officials did not, as Desch charges, "overrule" the military "on the number of troops to be sent" to Iraq or "the timing of ... deployment." Both were the result of over a...
  • Gates Optimistic on Iraqi Security Front

    08/02/2007 4:55:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 131+ views
    EN ROUTE TO WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today he’s hopeful about progress on the security front in Iraq, but acknowledged he is disappointed with political upheaval within the Iraqi government. “I think the developments on the political side are somewhat discouraging at the national level. And clearly, the withdrawal of the Sunnis from the government is discouraging,” Gates told reporters during a flight back to Washington following a four-day visit to the Middle East. “My hope is it can all be patched back together,” he said. Seeing the discord taking place in Iraq,...
  • House Panel Grills Rumsfeld Over Tillman Death (Before 1st question media reports "grilling")

    08/01/2007 8:11:54 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 49 replies · 1,414+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/1/2007 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld defended himself and took no personal responsibility Wednesday for the military's bungled response to Army Ranger Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death in Afghanistan. Rumsfeld, in his first public appearance on Capitol Hill since President Bush replaced him with Robert Gates late last year, reiterated previous testimony to investigators that he didn't have early knowledge that Tillman was cut down by fellow Rangers, not by enemy militia, as was initially claimed. He told a House committee hearing that he'd always impressed upon Pentagon underlings the importance of telling the truth. "Early in my tenure...
  • GATES' WAY FORWARD (tough look at the Pentagon)

    07/10/2007 6:04:17 AM PDT · by pabianice · 9 replies · 562+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 6/07 | Perry
    After Rumsfeld, a new dawn? In the American movie Cool Hand Luke - a cult classic in the US - a drunken Paul Newman faces his jailer. "What we have here," intones the captain of Road Prison 36, "is a failure tocommunicate." The movie has provided fodder for a gaggle of bloggers, who now refer to USLieutenant General Douglas E Lute, President George W Bush's new "war czar", as "Cool HandLute". Lute recently made the rounds of official Washington, telling everyone that aside from theadvisability of invading Iraq in the first place (something with which, in private, he had realproblems),...
  • Gates Cancels Latin America Trip

    07/08/2007 3:55:23 PM PDT · by do the dhue · 8 replies · 452+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, July 8, 2007; 4:11 PM | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates scrapped plans to go on a four-nation tour of Latin America this week and will instead stay home to attend meetings on Iraq, the Pentagon announced Sunday. The meetings are related to a progress report on Iraq that is due to be delivered to Congress by July 15. Congress mandated the preliminary report and required it to be followed by another one in September. The report's findings could add to the pressure to end the war or change strategies. It is due out as a growing number of moderate Republicans, including Senator Richard Lugar...
  • In Strategy Shift, Gates Envisions Iraq Troop Cuts

    07/03/2007 6:53:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 664+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 3, 2007 | YOCHI J. DREAZEN and GREG JAFFE
    Pullback Is Deemed Key To Forging a Consensus On Long-Haul Plans WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates and some allies in the Bush administration are seeking to build bipartisan political support for a long-term U.S. presence in Iraq by moving toward withdrawing significant numbers of troops from Iraq by the end of President Bush's term. The complicating factor is how long the administration will stick with its "surge" strategy of keeping high levels of troops in Iraq to try to tamp down violence there. On this issue, the administration -- and even the military -- is deeply divided. The longer...
  • Iraq - Gates arrives in Baghdad

    06/15/2007 11:02:32 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 234+ views
    AFP via translation | June 15, 2007
    ALARM - surprised Visit of Robert Gates in Baghdad BAGHDAD - the American secretary in Defense, Robert Gates, arrived Friday evening to Baghdad at the time of a surprised visit intended to ask the Iraqi government to progress in the process of national reconciliation, brought back a journalist of AFP.
  • Gates Joins Revelers to Welcome Troops Home

    05/03/2007 10:05:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 269+ views
    DALLAS, May 3, 2007 – Almost 200 deployed troops got a Texas-sized homecoming today as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates joined hundreds of friends, family members and local residents to welcome them home from the Middle East for two weeks of rest and recuperation leave. Kimberly Smith embraces Army Spc. Corie Barran at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport after he arrives home May 3 for two weeks of rest and recuperation leave from his deployment to Iraq. Photo by Donna Miles  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gates took his place alongside the flag-waving, banner-carrying, chanting revelers gathered at Dallas/Fort...
  • Gates: Still ‘So Far, So Good’ in Iraq

    04/04/2007 4:58:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 209+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 4, 2007 – Security in Baghdad has improved even though only part of the planned increase of U.S. troops is in place, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today on a nationally syndicated radio program. “So far, so good,” Gates said on the Laura Ingraham Show, noting it is too early to draw conclusions. Al Qaeda continues to launch dramatic terror attacks against population centers, but Gates said some of these attacks are in reaction to the progress being made. “It’s been part of their strategy since last year to foment sectarian violence,” Gates said. “I think...
  • Gates, Pace Call on Congress to Fund IED Research

    03/01/2007 3:33:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 314+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2007 – Defense leaders yesterday called on Congress to approve a further $2.4 billion to defeat the biggest killer of Americans in the Middle East: the improvised explosive device. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace told the Senate Appropriations Committee that the fiscal 2007 emergency supplemental request includes money to fund research into defeating IEDs. The money is in addition to $2 billion Congress already has appropriated this year to deal with the problem. Gates stressed to the senators that this is an overriding concern...
  • Gates Urges Congress to Pass 2007 Supplemental Budget

    02/27/2007 5:03:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 231+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called on Congress to quickly act on the fiscal 2007 supplemental request to fund ongoing operations in the war on terror. Gates, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee today. President Bush is asking for $93.4 billion for the Defense Department, and that money is vital, Gates said. “If these additional funds are delayed, the military will be forced to engage in costly and counterproductive reprogramming actions starting this spring, in April,...
  • Defense Secretary Praises Scouts for Achievements

    02/27/2007 4:24:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 313+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told a small group of Boy Scouts they were on the right track, during a meeting at the Pentagon yesterday. “Congratulations for the awards that you’ve gotten (and for) being chosen to do this,” Gates told the eight Scouts representing the Boy Scouts of America’s various programs and regions of the country. The group was in town to present the organization’s annual report to the nation. The report is mandated by the organization’s congressional charter, Renee Fairrer, the National Council’s associate director of communications, said. The group presented Gates...
  • Gates: U.S. can prove Iran's Iraq role

    02/09/2007 6:00:24 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 467+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | February 9, 2007 | Lolita C. Baldor
    Excerpt - SEVILLE, Spain - Serial numbers and markings on explosives used in Iraq provide "pretty good" evidence that Iranians are providing either weapons or technology for militants there, Defense Secretary Robert Gates asserted Friday. Offering some of the first public details of evidence the military has collected, Gates said, "I think there's some serial numbers, there may be some markings on some of the projectile fragments that we found," that point to Iran. At the same time, however, he said he was somewhat surprised that recent raids by coalition and Iraqi forces in Iraq swept up some Iranians. ~...
  • Pentagon Cuts Stop-Loss

    01/25/2007 12:58:29 PM PST · by SCPatriot77 · 3 replies · 604+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 25, 2007 | By Roxana Tiron
    Pentagon cuts stop-loss By Roxana Tiron Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is ordering military service chiefs to reduce the use of a controversial policy intended to keep troops in war zones beyond the end of their original commitments, according to a document obtained by The Hill. In a memo sent to the service chiefs, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and undersecretaries of defense, Gates asked to see plans to minimize the use of the so-called stop-loss policy for active duty and reserve components by the end of next month. Gates’s directive comes at a time when the...
  • Political Progress Essential in Iraq, Afghanistan, Rumsfeld Says

    12/15/2006 3:58:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 288+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2006 -- The U.S. military can’t lose in Iraq or Afghanistan, but the situation won’t improve beyond a certain point without significant political progress, outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said last night. “We're in that unusual situation where the Department of Defense is looked at for the situations in those countries, when the reality is that we can't lose a single military battle in either country at all, not possible,” Rumsfeld said in an interview with Brit Hume on Fox News Channel. “But we can't win without help from others.” The U.S. State Department and...
  • America Supports You: Defense Secretary Lauds Troop-Support Groups

    12/13/2006 6:04:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 196+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Carmen L. Burgess
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2006 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today thanked members of the Defense Department’s “America Supports You” program for their unwavering support to the men and women of the armed forces. “Hero Hugs” founder Bailey Reese meets with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld following the secretary’s remarks at the America Supports You Summit at the Pentagon, Dec. 13. Reese has sent more than 16,000 care packages to troops through her child-run organization based in Niceville, Fla. Photo by Carmen L. Burgess  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. America Supports You highlights support for U.S. servicemembers and...
  • Rumsfeld Reflects

    12/12/2006 5:01:43 AM PST · by Molly Pitcher · 4 replies · 368+ views
    Townhall ^ | 12/12/06 | Cal Thomas
    Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld leaves office Friday, Dec. 15 after six turbulent years of rebuilding the military for a post-Cold War era, while simultaneously overseeing service members he calls, "the best led, the best equipped, the best trained, the most capable -- in the world." As we met in his office on the 65th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was reflective about the past and worried about the future. Full Transcript Rumsfeld regrets using the phrase "the war on terror": "I say that because the word 'war' conjures up World War II more than it does...