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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

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 Closing: Teller Window, Too?

Michael Brenner | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Robert Gates' tenure as secretary of defense has bracketed a turbulent period in American politics only to be resurrected at death's door by heavy doses of steroids provided by the victims.

Losing Our Sons and Daughters: The Cost of Afghanistan

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The small percentage of Americans who have borne the brunt of the human costs of our Afghan war, the utter corruption of the government we are supporting, and the toll in civilian casualties all make the continuing of this war immoral.

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: North Korea Will Pose Direct Threat To U.S.

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING — North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles poses a direct threat to the United States, Defense Secretary Rob...

3 Comments on Chairman of the Joint Chiefs' Memorandum

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

As the Department of Defense squanders over 1.5 Billion dollars on the less than average New Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Admiral M...

Defense Mobilizes Louisiana National Guard to Fight BP Oil Spill

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

The US Defense Department authorized the deployment of the Louisiana National Guard to help local communities in the cleanup and removal of oil. Whether critical habitats can be protected from contamination is the question of the hour.

Obama's 'Nuclear Spring'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Let us hope and pray that Obama's recent nuclear disarmament accomplishments are steps on the path to the eventual abolition of all nuclear weapons.

Senator McCain Is Out of Step on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

As a veteran, and having spoken with many of the men and women who have served and want to serve their country openly, I can tell Sen. John McCain's words and actions on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" are from a bygone era.

Robert Gates Succession: Obama Passes Executive Order Changing Rules In Event Of Defense Secretary's Death

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Who would act as defense secretary if the 66-year-old Robert Gates died or resigned and his deputy, Bill Lynn, couldn't do it? Pre...

Con Games: Don't Ask, Don't Tell About Military Spending

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Conniff

We need to scrutinize the Pentagon's budget every way possible to find a way to cut costs. If we don't take scalpel in hand, then we have no chance whatsoever of achieving fiscal sanity.

It's a Runoff, Now What? Parsing the Impacts of the Presidential Rematch in Afghanistan

Vikrum Aiyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vikrum Aiyer

A coalition government in Afghanstan, while supposedly offering the best of both worlds, tacitly condones an illegitimate election and would require America to broker power among competing personalities.

The "Goldilocks Principle" and Afghan War Options

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

General McChrystal's recommendation for more troops and material has a distinctly Westmorelandian flavor to it. If approved, it could create an additional $40 to$80 billion per annum in war costs.

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 ...

Will President Obama's Defense Budget Bankrupt America?

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

At a time when the US in sinking deeper in debt amid a devastating economic crisis, does a bloated military budget that requires Chinese loans to finance represent a true enhancement of national security?

President Obama Offers Iran "A Promise of a New Day"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

Obama's promise of a new day in U.S.-Iranian relations must be given the opportunity to bear fruit free from outside intervention.

Don't Let an Ambush Happen Again, Mr. President

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

If President Obama plans to keep his campaign promise, the White House and the Pentagon had better get on the same page now, and be ready to face the tough questioning sure to come.

Afghanistan: Where Empires (US, USSR) Go To Die

Tomdispatch.com | By Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It is now a commonplace -- as a lead article in the New York Times's Week in Review pointed out recently -- that Afghanistan is "the graveyard of empi...

Al-Qaeda A Threat To Upcoming Iraqi Elections

AFP | By Arthur MacMillan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Al-Qaeda remains a threat to this weekend's election in Iraq, a senior army commander warned on Tuesday, as the United States said it expected its tro...