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Defense Secretary Robert Gates

Gates To Afghans: US `in this thing to win'

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived Tuesday in Afghanistan with plans to assure officials and American troops there that...

Mr. President, Lead the Way to End Discrimination in the Military

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

This is the moment for the President to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." If Obama fails to seize it, many young LGBT service members will surely be fired, careers ruined.

It's Chow Time at the White House, Brother

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

What gays and lesbians are looking for -- and will be marching for on Sunday -- is nothing special, and that's exactly the point. It's what every other American already has: equal treatment under the law

Obama Considers Smaller Afghanistan Troop Option

AP | ANNE GEARAN and MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is considering sending large numbers of additional U.S. forces to Afghanistan next year but fewer than his w...

Who's Leading the DADT Debate?

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

it is one thing to give the Pentagon considerable weight and another thing altogether to let it dictate the timing and terms of the debate, and the final decision.

Time for Mullen and Gates to Take a Clear Stand on DADT

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

If Admiral Mullen and Secretary Gates are asked towards the end of the year whether they are prepared to sign off on repeal language of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, what will their answers be?

Gates: Victory In Iraq And Afghan Wars Challenge But Achievable (VIDEO)

Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In a wide-ranging interview with Al Jazeera's Abderrahim Foukara, Gates spoke about the US strategy for peace in Afghanistan facing a "war of necessit...

Defense Secretary Scores Spending Cuts, But Not Satisfied: "It Would Be Nice To Win Our Current Wars"

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Robert Gates is on a roll. Question is, how long will it last? The politically savvy defense secretary scored big legislative wins...

Avigdor Lieberman To Miss Mitchell, Gates Israel Visit

Jerusalem Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will be out of the country for most of next week when two major US policy makers, Middle East envoy George Mitchell...

F-22 Victory Is About More Than Just a Plane

Max Bergmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann

This fight was about whether the Pentagon would be able to institutionalize the lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan and finally move out of the Cold War strategic mindset that still dominates.

Fighting Over Fighter Jets: Obama, Gates and the F-22

Lawrence Korb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

The F-22 issue has become an entirely politicized debate, when what we need is thoughtful analysis based on risk assessment and the overall best interest of national security.

The F-22 Kills Jobs

William Hartung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
William Hartung

It's down to the wire in the battle to keep the Senate from adding $1.75 billion to the Pentagon budget for more F-22 fighter planes, and the proponents of more pork are running out of arguments.

The Undoing of Gen. T. Michael Moseley: A Cautionary Tale About the Military/Industrial Complex

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

This tale recounts the interwoven fate of an Air Force Chief of Staff, potentially disastrous handling of nuclear weapons, and a financial advising company with more than 300,000 military personnel as investors.

History Has Not Yet Judged Bush

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Denselow

Certainly Bush's rewriting of his Iraq legacy will be helped by his decision to reverse his earlier policies, abandoning the idealism of the top-down reinvention of Iraq, for reality-based pragmatism.

Gates: Pentagon Considering Easing Don't Ask Don't Tell

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday he wants to make the law prohibiting gays from serving openly in the armed forces "more...

Will Congress Put Useless Fighter Jets Above America?

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Congress is about to throw $369 million (on a down-payment of $2 billion) for a dozen F-22 fighter jets that even the Pentagon doesn't want.

For Gays in the Military, Obama's Good Intentions Not Enough

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Good intentions are no substitute for the change our service members are counting on, especially those who might like to be relieved from a third or fourth or fifth tour in Iraq or Afghanistan.

War Funding Bill To Include Money For Relocating Gitmo Inmates

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A war funding bill headed to the floor next week would provide the $50 million sought by the Pentagon to relocate prisoners from th...

Obama Caving on Gays in the Military

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

In Washington, we know about commissions and study groups and promise-them-anything when you're trolling for votes. But after the election... well, memories fade.

Gates Seeks Saudi Arabia's Assistance With Pakistan

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the Obama administration prepares for talks this week with senior leaders from Afghanistan and Pakistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates flew to ...

Stand by Your Word, Mr. President: End "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Firing 50 men and women who are fluent in Arabic solely because they are gay when we are fighting in the Arabic-speaking world? The mind boggles.

Time for Courage and Leadership, Mr. President

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Don't Ask, Don't Tell is a wrong that can be made right. Just say what you said in your campaign, Mr. Obama, and what's on your White House web site. Do what you said you'd do.

Gates To Cut Weapons Spending

The Boston Globe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the Bush administration was drawing to a close, Robert M. Gates, whose two years as defense secretary had been devoted to wars in Iraq and Afghanis...

My Conversation with Robert Gates

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

2009-03-12-gates.jpgI asked Secretary Gates about the recent increase of violence in Iraq and the notion that we are not winning in Afghanistan.

Wars Made Real: Photography at Dover Air Force Base

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail Vida Hamburg

Let's all pat ourselves on the back for being American patriots: let's fire up the grill, get plastered on booze, eat ourselves into a stupor, watch television, go shopping and call it Memorial Day.