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Robert Gates Memoir

'It's Not Toughness Republicans Love, It's Bullying'

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy

When President Obama told David Remnick last week that he "would not let [his] son play pro football," conservatives jumped at the chance to fit that ...

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.

Doing Hard Duty In Washington

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

The distinguishing feature of Robert M. Gates, after all those years in the bureaucratic trenches, is his abiding love for the men and women in uniform who bear the brunt of the battle, and the wounds they carry.

Memo to Robert Gates: Duty, Sir, Lies in Getting a War's Premise Right

Carla Seaquist | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

"Wars are a lot easier to get into than out of," Gates writes. Indeed! And the way to make wars much harder to get into is the requirement of an airtight premise, one worth dying for, one justifying the condolences to a dead soldier's family.

Gates Memoirs Illustrate How Militaristic the U.S. Has Become

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

If Biden was wrong about advocating a rapid U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan (and Iraq) and Obama was wrong in adopting the Afghan escalation without believing it, then the only viable option left was evidently escalating and being excited about it.

Sam Stein

House Dems Practically Giddy Over Gates' Portrayal Of Obama | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' much discussed -- but not yet released -- memoir has caused a stir over the broadsides he levels ...

Luke Johnson

Gates Levels Harsh Charge At Obama In New Memoir | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a forthcoming memoir, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates charges that President Barack Obama lacked passion toward the military...

Jason Linkins

Excuse Me While I Troll You: Actually, Joe Biden Was Right | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Published excerpts from former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' upcoming memoir, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, have put Washington into a tin...

Luke Johnson

How Gates' Memoir Could Help Obama | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' upcoming memoir has all the makings of a Washington bombshell book. It has dominated cable new...

Former Defense Secretary Issues Criticism Of Obama In New Memoir

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

In a new memoir, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates claims that President Barack Obama had doubts about his own strategy in the war in Afghanist...