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Defense Secretary Robert Gates

Maligning Biden

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

It is impossible to prove an alternative history, what would have happened had Biden's Boots Off the Ground strategy been followed. But I found that as far as can be determined, the U.S. -- and many millions of people in the Middle East -- would be much safer and better off if Biden's counsel was heeded.

America Is Not in Decline, Its Foreign Policy Is... But It Can (Still) Surprise the World

András Simonyi | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
András Simonyi

When America fails to lead, the world becomes messy, at times even dangerous. Washington therefore needs a broader, more strategic, more determined and clearly more courageous vision of its global role.

Mitt Romney Recasts Himself as a Neocon

The Morningside Post | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
The Morningside Post

Any potential Romney administration would be heavy on defense spending, to the delight of neocons, but this would run counter to the current climate on Capitol Hill of cuts and more cuts.

David Wood

War Aways Unpopular, Gates Says, But 'We're on Path to Success' in Afghanistan | David Wood | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In late 2006, then defense secretary nominee Robert Gates was asked if he thought the United States was winning. In what was one of hi...

Made in America: Gates' NATO Slam Is About Selling Death & Destruction, Our Top Export

Brian Ross | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

NATO was the Obama Administration's answer to a long call by social liberals and fiscal libertarians to make the other countries of the world step-up to these moral imperatives and pay a bigger part of the way. It has been a spectacular failure.

David Wood

On Tap To Replace Gates at Pentagon, Panetta sounds like.. Gates | David Wood | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics

Robert Gates is due to retire as defense secretary in three weeks, but his named successor, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta, said Thursday he plans to co...

Robert Gates: No Opt-Out For Opponents Of Gays In The Military

Posted 08.05.2011 | Politics

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DWYER, Afghanistan –- Defense Secretary Robert Gates bluntly told Marines on Sunday that they won't be able to opt out of the...

David Wood

Pentagon To Bin Laden Raid Leakers: Shut Up | David Wood | Posted 07.18.2011 | World

Gossip and unauthorized leaks from U.S. officials, politicians and retired military officers about the highly classified raid to kill Osama bin Laden ...

'One Of The Most Courageous Calls I've Ever Seen A President Make'

Posted 07.15.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has told 60 Minutes that President Obama's decision to launch a raid against Osama Bin Laden's compound with ground tro...

Amanda Terkel

Will U.S. Withdrawal From Iraq Be Delayed? | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.11.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is evaluating whether to keep troops in Iraq beyond the planned withdrawal date, a decision that would extend a...

Amanda Terkel

Member Of John Boehner's 'Kitchen Cabinet' Of Economists Supports Afghan Withdrawal | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress looks at all sorts of discretionary non-defense projects to cut to reduce the deficit, a core member of House Speaker John B...

Defense Secretary Robert Gates Opposed To U.S. Arming Libya Rebels

AP/The Huffington Post | By DONNA CASSATA and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.31.2011 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. should avoid developing a closer relationship with Libyan opposition forces, defense leaders said Thursday, telling an oft...

Old Secretaries of Defense Never Die, They Just Write Bestselling Memoirs

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Robert Gates' much-hinted-at retirement now seems like the Titanic looming on the military-industrial horizon.

What's It Take for the UN to Allow a No-Fly Zone Over Libya?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Despite moving quickly to impose punitive measures, diplomats say that the only way reluctant UN Security Council members might agree to military action in Libya is if the Arab League approves.

The Afghan War and Examining Heads

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

The future is now, Mr. Secretary. It's time to end our costly and futile wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It's time to support our troops by bringing them home.

Gates Warns Against Any More Wars Like Iraq Or Afghanistan | THOM SHANKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates bluntly told an audience of West Point cadets on Friday that it would be unwise for the United States to ever fight ...

Congress Could Easily Save Billions

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

There are billions of American taxpayer dollars wasted every year in criminal fraud and abuse cases. In this era of austerity, why doesn't Congress focus on that?

Dollars for Defense

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

It's obvious that our foreign policy is to navigate abroad without a strategic gyroscope and only the most primitive of compasses. There is no strategic design -- certainly not an explicit one -- that is coherently articulated.

Gates and Mullen

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Amanda Terkel

Military Service Chiefs Ready To Move Forward Quickly On DADT Repeal | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Although several military service chiefs expressed opposition to repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, President Obama has spoken to them sin...

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: Obama Administration Responds To Low Public Support For Afghanistan War | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With public support for the war in Afghanistan at a new low, top Obama administration officials on Thursday defended the United States' ...

The Medal of Honor: An Honor Too Far?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Americans will feel better about themselves when all our heroes are recognized for their valor and sacrifices in a more timely, objective and equitable way.

Obama's DADT Policy: Smoke, Mirrors and Cowardice

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

The president is trying to have the judge's ruling against DADT challenged while simultaneously pretending that he doesn't the authority to end discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Gates and Pentagon

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Pentagon Cuts

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger