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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.

Obama's Defense Secretaries Question Syria Strategy

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics

DALLAS -- President Barack Obama's first two defense secretaries on Tuesday night questioned his Syria strategy and said they would have told him not ...

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.

Senate Panel Approves Leon Panetta As Next Defense Secretary

AP | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved Leon Panetta to be the nation's next Pentagon chief. The panel unanimously approv...

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...

Inside Obama's Decision To Shake Up His National Security Team

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY PLANE OVER THE PACIFIC (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the reshaping of much of President Barack Obama's natio...

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...

Gates Arrives In Saudi Arabia To Meet King

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 06.06.2011 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in the Saudi capital Wednesday for talks with King Abdullah on coping with the politica...

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.

Gates: U.S. Should Stay Involved In Afghanistan

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States is beginning to decide what its responsibilities will be in Afghanistan after U.S. combat troops leave, D...

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.

Obama Administration Asks Court To Uphold 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — The Obama administration may have concluded that laws targeting gay Americans are presumably unconstitutional, but it still aske...

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