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Rumsfeld: The Recalled and the Unrecalled

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

I have followed Rumsfeld's career from the '80, when I started CNN, until at least 2005, when as a guest on Fox News, I suggested that he be fired for the same reasons that Dan Rather had been fired -- he was the guy in charge when bad things were going on in his department.

Is Justice About to Be Done in the Case of Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.02.2012 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

About three years ago, writing about the injustice done to Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta I said, "So, while this chapter may be closed, the book is not." Well, today that book has been reopened.

Samuel Haass

As Defense Secretary Gates Sours on NATO, Policymakers Mixed

HuffingtonPost.com | Samuel Haass | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Secretary of Defense Robert Gates suggested recently that NATO was at risk of becoming impotent because certain members of the mili...

David Wood

Amid Crises And Leadership Turbulence, A 'Steady Hand' At The Pentagon

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics

UPDATE 11/24/2014 - On Monday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced he was stepping down. The frontrunner to replace him, Michele Flournoy, was pro...

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.

Amanda Terkel

Military Service Chiefs Ready To Move Forward Quickly On DADT Repeal

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Plan to Cut the Defense Budget by $150 Billion Over Five Years

Jeremy White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy White

Returning the defense budget to pre-9/11 levels will force us to prioritize future threats and explicitly define the strategic purpose of each branch of the armed forces.

The Top 5 Myths About Global Poverty

Clint Borgen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Clint Borgen

$30 billion a year is needed to end world hunger. The United States is the only country in history that could end world hunger and still have by far the most expensive military on the planet.

Gates, Mullen Signal Chain of Command: Stop Wasting Time Discharging Gays

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

As much as we welcome these helpful changes coming from Secretary Gates and his DOD General Counsel, interim steps are not a substitute for repeal.

Repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell Now

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

This week hundreds of gay and lesbians veterans flooded the halls of U.S. Capitol as part of Veterans Lobby Day on DADT. But our stories of valor and patriotism were not all received by willing ears.

McCain and the Flip-Flops

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Norm Stamper

"Talk about your flip-floppers," says McCain. "Gates and Mullen aren't on board on this, my friend. They're just parroting their boss. They want to keep 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' as much as I do."

Slogging Towards Repeal

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

The nation's armed forces are stretched thin, very thin. Repeal of DADT is a national security issue, first and last.

But Am I Safer, Mr. Secretary?

Kerry Eleveld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kerry Eleveld

With all due respect, Mr. Secretary, the next time you're mulling the ouster of gay service members, skip the paternalism and just tell us whether we're safer.

Gates: It Would Be Tough To Ask For More Troops In Afghanistan

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says it would be difficult to request more U.S. troops in Afghanistan in six to 12 months. "It woul...

"Poor Mexico, So Far From God, So Close To The United States"

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sandy Goodman

If, like me, you're one of the millions of Americans who love Mexico, its current catastrophic crime wave can only fill you with sadness -- and fear that it will spread across our porous border.

Defense Secretary Gates Undergoes Surgery From Snowplow Injury

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates underwent surgery on his arm on Friday and expects to be back at work next week, the Pentagon said. Surgeons repaired ...

Obama To Meet With War Council On First Full Day

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's promise to end the war in Iraq will be on the agenda Wednesday when the new commander in chief meets with ...

Change Out at Defense

Zoë Baird and Alec Gewirtz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zoë Baird and Alec Gewirtz

In a sport Obama loves, there is an analogy which captures the changes needed at the Department of Defense. For DOD to equip itself for 21st century threats it needs to learn to be both the big man and the point guard.

Gates Warns Foreign Powers Against "Testing" Obama

New York Times | ELISABETH BUMILLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned Saturday that foreign powers should not try to "test" President-elect Barack Obama with a crisis in his first...

Gates Outlines Pentagon Reform, New Strategies

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a long article in Foreign Affairs' January/February 2009 issue, Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlines his vision for the next Pentagon. Called "A...

Afghanistan Spawns Tensions With Allies

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

VILNIUS, Lithuania — As the stakes in Afghanistan grow, so do tensions between the United States and the European allies the U.S. empowered more...

Defense Sec Gates: "I Don't Know" If Iraq War Was Right Thing To Do

ABC News | JONATHAN KARL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

It's been an article of faith for the Bush administration that the invasion of Iraq was the right thing to do. However, the man now in charge of runn...