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  • DONALD H. RUMSFELD: One Surge Does Not Fit All

    11/23/2008 1:06:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 35 replies · 1,890+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 23, 2008 | DONALD H. RUMSFELD
    THE surge in Iraq has been one of the most impressive military accomplishments in recent years. It has been so successful that the emerging consensus is that what may now be needed in Afghanistan is a similar surge of American forces. President-elect Barack Obama campaigned on his intention to do so, as did his former opponent, John McCain. As one who is occasionally — and incorrectly — portrayed as an opponent of the surge in Iraq, I believe that while the surge has been effective in Iraq, we must also recognize the conditions that made it successful. President Bush’s bold...
  • Gates to Meet With Allies, Discuss Afghanistan Mission

    11/20/2008 3:49:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 183+ views
    CORNWALLIS, Canada, Nov. 20, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today to encourage a more regional approach to the mission in Afghanistan’s Regional Command South during a two-day meeting of defense ministers from nations contributing the lion’s share of forces there. The meeting, at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood, will provide an opportunity for the eight ministers to focus on the situation in Regional Command South and their strategy for stabilizing that volatile area, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters yesterday. In addition to the United States and Canada, the participants represent Australia, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands,...
  • Anti-war camp urges Obama to dump Gates [anti-war group CodePink......]

    11/11/2008 11:11:16 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies · 176+ views
    Anti-war camp urges Obama to dump Gates By: Jen DiMascio November 11, 2008 01:57 PM EST Arms control advocates and anti-war activists are ratcheting up pressure on President-elect Barack Obama to dump Defense Secretary Robert Gates and replace him with a more strident anti-war voice. Nominating Gates to stay, “would be a violation of the mandate for change that Obama says he represents,” said Medea Benjamin, cofounder of the anti-war group CodePink. A better bipartisan fit for Obama, they say, is Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), who brings out what they like about Gates – his ability to deal with Russia,...
  • WSJ: Obama may retain Bush interrogation policies, Gates as SecDef

    11/11/2008 10:42:12 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 41 replies · 225+ views
    hotair.com ^ | November 11, 2008 | Allahpundit
    Not so Changey. President-elect Barack Obama is unlikely to radically overhaul controversial Bush administration intelligence policies, advisers say, an approach that is almost certain to create tension within the Democratic Party… “He’s going to take a very centrist approach to these issues,” said Roger Cressey, a former counterterrorism official in the Clinton and Bush administrations. “Whenever an administration swings too far on the spectrum left or right, we end up getting ourselves in big trouble.”… [H]e more recently voted for a White House-backed law to expand eavesdropping powers for the National Security Agency. Mr. Obama said he opposed providing legal...
  • Anti-war camp urges Obama to dump [tentative Secretary of Defense Robert] Gates

    11/11/2008 2:44:15 PM PST · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 23 replies · 488+ views
    Politico.com ^ | November 11, 2008 | Jen DiMascio
    Arms control advocates and anti-war activists are ratcheting up pressure on President-elect Barack Obama to dump Defense Secretary Robert Gates and replace him with a more strident anti-war voice. Nominating Gates to stay, “would be a violation of the mandate for change that Obama says he represents,” said Medea Benjamin, cofounder of the anti-war group CodePink. A better bipartisan fit for Obama, they say, is Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), who brings out what they like about Gates – his ability to deal with Russia, Iran and Syria – without the direct link to Bush’s policies. “That would be an unmistakable...
  • Reid Has No Objections In Keeping Gates In Defense Department

    11/10/2008 6:51:04 PM PST · by ican'tbelieveit · 14 replies · 215+ views
    All Headline News ^ | November 10, 2008 | Kris Alingod
    Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Sunday expressed openness to having Republicans appointed in the next Cabinet and keeping Defense Sec. Robert Gates in his official capacity. The Democratic leader also pledged bipartisanship in the next Congress, saying election victories were not a "mandate for the Democratic Party" but a call to end divisive politics. ************* "I think we need a good transition there," the Senate leader said. "I am confident that Senator Obama has somebody in mind for secretary of defense but Gates -- you know, it's interesting, my conversation with Secretary Gates, he's...
  • Coalition Has Entered ‘Endgame’ in Iraq, Gates Says

    09/23/2008 4:35:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 207+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2008 – Amid an 80-percent drop in violence and with further withdrawals of U.S. forces in sight, the coalition in Iraq has reached the “endgame,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. “I believe we have now entered that endgame – and our decisions today and in the months ahead will be critical to regional stability and our national security interests for years to come,” he told the Senate Armed Service Committee during a hearing on Iraq and Afghanistan. Highlighting success in Iraq are reductions in U.S. casualties and overall violence, and the handover of...
  • Gates Calls Afghanistan Situation Complicated, Dynamic

    09/18/2008 5:29:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 82+ views
    LONDON, Sept. 18, 2008 – The situation in Afghanistan is complicated, and the United States and its NATO allies and other partners continually assess the strategy in the country, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. Gates, in London for a NATO meeting, spoke to British and American reporters. He arrived here yesterday after visits to Afghanistan and Iraq. Gates called the situation in Afghanistan dynamic and complicated. He said that while the northern and western parts of the country pose no significant challenges, the American-led Regional Command East area was under control a year ago, but has seen a...
  • U.S.' Gates scoffs at Russian warnings to Poland

    08/17/2008 11:44:17 AM PDT · by lizol · 28 replies · 147+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 17, 2008 | Susan Cornwell
    U.S.' Gates scoffs at Russian warnings to Poland Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:11pm BST By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pentagon chief Robert Gates dismissed as "empty rhetoric" on Sunday Russian warnings that Moscow would target Poland for a possible military strike because Warsaw agreed to host part of a U.S. missile shield. "Russia is not going to launch nuclear missiles at anybody," Defense Secretary Gates said on ABC News' "This Week." "The Poles know that. We know it." Col-General Anatoliy Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of the Russian general staff, told Interfax on Friday that Russian military doctrine would allow for...
  • Georgian Invasion Sends Message to World, Gates Says

    08/14/2008 4:54:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 28 replies · 130+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2008 – With their invasion of Georgia, the Russians are sending a message not only to neighbors, but also to the world, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. Georgia, a nation of 5 million in the Caucasus region, has allied itself with the West and is seeking membership in NATO. Abkhazia and South Ossetia are provinces that are seeking to break away from Georgia and ally with Russia. Gates noted that, like clockwork, there have been exchanges of gunfire between Georgian and South Ossetian troops every August. “And this year, it escalated very quickly,” he...
  • 'No US forces needed in Georgia'

    08/14/2008 8:51:50 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 65 replies · 308+ views
    US defence chief Robert Gates has said he sees no prospect of using US military force in Georgia, following its week-long conflict with Russia. But he warned that US-Russia relations could be adversely affected for years as a result of Moscow's actions. (snip) Despite concerns that Moscow may not be keen quickly to leave Georgian territory, Mr Gates said the Russians did seem to be pulling back. "They appear to be withdrawing their forces back towards Abkhazia and to the zone of conflict... towards South Ossetia," he said.
  • Barack Obama May Recruit Defence Chief Robert Gates

    06/28/2008 5:45:12 PM PDT · by Coffee200am · 38 replies · 179+ views
    Timesonline ^ | 06.29.2008 | Sarah Baxter
    In defiance of traditional party labels, Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, may ask the defence secretary of President George W Bush to stay on if he wins the White House. Obama’s top foreign policy and national security advisers are pressing the case for keeping Robert Gates at the Pentagon after he won widespread praise for his performance. The move would be in keeping with Obama’s desire to appoint a cabinet of all the talents. After appealing for unity with former rival Hillary Clinton and her supporters and big donors last week, Obama, 46, is turning his attention to wooing...
  • In with the Old - Why Obama should keep Gates at Defense

    06/21/2008 5:42:26 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 13 replies · 204+ views
    Time.com ^ | June 21st, 2008 | Joe Klein
    Barack Obama has never been shy about comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln. He did so when he announced his candidacy at the Illinois state capitol, where both he and Lincoln served in the legislature. "The life of a tall, gangly, self-made Springfield lawyer tells us that a different future is possible," Obama said. "He tells us that there is power in words ... He tells us that there is power in hope." That was, well, audacious, to say the least — and the comparisons have continued, on issues large and small. But the most important similarity, in Obama's mind, is...
  • Gates Sends More Predators, Reapers To Centcom

    06/16/2008 3:57:27 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 6 replies · 2,419+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | June 16, 2008 | Amy Butler
    In the wake of the U.S. Air Force leadership shake up, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is directing the service to field six more Predator combat air patrols (CAPs), as well as more Reapers to support operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. The order comes shortly after Gates’ first briefing from the new Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Task Force June 6. He set up the task force in April, explaining during a speech at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., that getting warfighting support from institutional military — namely, the Air Force — was “like pulling teeth.” A lack of support for...
  • Behind Gates' Decision to Fire Up the Air Force

    06/11/2008 9:52:34 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 24 replies · 119+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 6/10/08 | Austin Bay
    The classic World War II-era poster reminded talkative dock workers that "loose lips sink ships." Well, loose nukes present an even more imposing problem, one with continent-cracking possibilities. Last week, when Defense Secretary Robert Gates requested and received the resignations of Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley, Gates' office cited as a reason a Pentagon investigation of lax standards in Air Force oversight of nuclear weapons. One incident involved a USAF bomber with cruise missiles over-flying a wide swath of the United States -- and the crew didn't know the weapons...
  • Gates to Discuss Afghanistan, Missile Defense at NATO Conference

    06/12/2008 4:26:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 81+ views
    BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 12, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and fellow NATO defense ministers will discuss alliance operations in Afghanistan, the alliance missile defense program, and transition plans for Kosovo during a two-day ministerial beginning here today. The ministers will focus on how NATO nations are moving toward implementing decisions the member nations’ heads of state reached at the alliance’s April summit in Bucharest, Romania, a senior defense official speaking on background told reporters traveling with Gates. Afghanistan will dominate much of the conference, the official said. Gates will participate in meetings centered on NATO’s Regional Command South...
  • Behind Gates' Decision to Fire Up the Air Force

    06/11/2008 11:26:32 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 32+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 11 June 2008 | Austin Bay
    Behind Gates' Decision to Fire Up the Air Force by Austin Bay The classic World War II-era poster reminded talkative dock workers that "loose lips sink ships." Well, loose nukes present an even more imposing problem, one with continent-cracking possibilities. Last week, when Defense Secretary Robert Gates requested and received the resignations of Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley, Gates' office cited as a reason a Pentagon investigation of lax standards in Air Force oversight of nuclear weapons. One incident involved a USAF bomber with cruise missiles over-flying a wide swath...
  • Air Force's Cultural Shake-Up

    06/11/2008 1:14:21 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 13 replies · 189+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 11 June 2008 | Robert Maginnis
    Air Force's Cultural Shake-Up by Robert Maginnis Last week, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made history when he simultaneously fired the Air Force’s top military and civilian leaders. Most press accounts attribute the head chopping to a series of institutional failures but the truth is that Gates’ real objective is to radically change the service’s culture. Gates forced Air Force secretary Michael Wynne and the service’s chief of staff, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, to resign following the release of a nuclear investigation which reported a “…pattern of poor performance.” That report proved a tipping point for Gates, whose grievances with...
  • Air Force firings reveal culture clash

    06/06/2008 10:58:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 90 replies · 1,363+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | Saturday, June 07, 2008 | Bob Deans
    Nuclear arms mistakes were reason for dismissals, but deeper divide over service's mission was at play, officers and analysts say. By Bob DeansWASHINGTON BUREAU Saturday, June 07, 2008 WASHINGTON — In April, Defense Secretary Robert Gates traveled to Maxwell Air Force Base near Montgomery, Ala., to address an elite group of majors and colonels attending the Air War College in preparation for promotions to command positions. For months, Gates had been at odds with Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne and Gen. Michael Moseley, the Air Force chief of staff, over how to increase the use of unmanned aerial...
  • Gates Extols Public Service to VMI Graduates

    05/16/2008 4:41:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 75+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 16, 2008 – America needs dedicated public servants now more than ever, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told graduates at the Virginia Military Institute, in Lexington, Va., today. Gates congratulated the 246 graduates of the state military college on their accomplishments and said the institute has taught them lessons on the importance of public service and duty to their fellow citizens. “For generations, VMI has graduated young people ready to raise their right hands and defend their homeland,” the secretary said. “This is something to be grateful for in any time period, but never more so than in...