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  • Defense Secretary Favorite Ash Carter Wanted To Bomb North Korea In 2006

    12/07/2014 5:39:18 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Armin Rosen
    Defense Secretary Favorite Ash Carter Wanted To Bomb North Korea In 2006 Armin Rosen Dec 2, 2014, 11.25 PM Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, is largely known as a behind-the-scenes player, a thinker and manager rather than a public agitator. This low profile is arguably one of Carter's top selling points. After Hagel's troubled reign at the Pentagon, which ended in a highly public falling out with the White House over policy in the Middle East and accusations of laziness and dysfunction, it's prudent for the president to want a respected...
  • Ex-Pentagon official Carter emerges as leading contender for secretary (of defense), amid confusion

    12/02/2014 10:53:18 AM PST · by Textide · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/02/2014 | AP/Fox News
    In typical Washington Beltway form, an unconfirmed news report Tuesday morning that President Obama had picked Ashton Carter to be his defense secretary later was repeated by a top Republican senator to another news agency, which then urgently reported it as fact -- sourcing the senator. What Fox News can report is that Carter is a leading contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. But it's unclear whether he is the final pick, and it appears lawmakers have not yet been notified of his selection. CNN initially reported that Carter, who was deputy Defense secretary from October 2011 to December...
  • Ashton Carter, Ex-Pentagon No. 2, Emerges as Obama Favorite for Defense Secretary

    12/02/2014 9:27:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/02/2014 | By JULIAN E. BARNES And CAROL E. LEE
    WASHINGTON— Ashton Carter, the former deputy defense secretary, is the leading candidate to become the next Pentagon chief, but senior officials said President Barack Obama wouldn’t make an announcement Tuesday. The president could announce his pick for defense secretary later this week, a senior White House official said. Mr. Carter, who was out of town Tuesday, is seen as the likely choice, officials said. But the White House is continuing to look at other candidates, including former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig and former assistant Secretary of State Kurt Cambpell. Mr. Obama could still change his mind and opt for one...
  • Report: Obama Picks Ashton Carter to Be Next Defense Secretary

    12/02/2014 6:57:35 AM PST · by pepsi_junkie · 35 replies
    The Weekly Standard Blog ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    Ashton Carter announced on Twitter that President Obama called to tell him he'd be nominated to be the next defense secretary. "President Obama phones me announcing his decision to appoint me as Defense Secretary. I'm honoured and happy," Carter tweets. CNN confirms: Ashton Carter, the former second-in-command at the Pentagon appears to be the top choice to replace outgoing Secretary Chuck Hagel. Barring any last minute complications, Ash Carter will be President Barack Obama's choice as the new Secretary of Defense, several U.S. administration officials told CNN.
  • Flournoy drops out of running for Pentagon job

    11/25/2014 2:25:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    Michèle Flournoy, a former Pentagon official who was viewed as a front-runner to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of contention for the Cabinet post. Flournoy on Tuesday sent a letter to the board of directors for the Center for a New American Security saying she plans to remain in her position as the think tank’s chief executive officer,Foreign Policy reported. Flournoy had previously served as undersecretary of Defense for policy from 2009 to 2012, working under both Robert Gates and Leon Panetta. She was viewed as a possible replacement for Panetta when he announced his...
  • Hagel Said to Be Stepping Down as Defense Chief Under Pressure

    11/24/2014 6:43:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 24, 2014 | Helene Cooper
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team amid an onslaught of global crises. The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask his defense secretary — the sole Republican on his national security team — to step down last Friday after a series of meetings over the past two weeks, senior administration officials said.
  • Search for Lois Lerner's lost emails leads to NSA

    07/17/2014 8:10:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 7/16/14 | Rebecca Kaplan
    The House Armed Services Committee has come up with a creative approach to look for emails from embattled former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner that were apparently lost in a computer crash: they're asking the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Defense Department. The panel approved a resolution Wednesday authored by Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, that directs the Secretary of Defense to send the House of Representatives "copies of any electronic communication in the possession of the Secretary, the Director of the National Security Agency, or any office that reports to the Secretary or the Director that was...
  • Pentagon Police Agency Hit by 'Catastrophic' Network Outage

    05/06/2014 1:13:57 PM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    netgov ^ | May 6, 2014 | Bob Brewin
    The agency that manages the Pentagon Police Department and also runs networks and computers for the Office of the Secretary of Defense experienced a “catastrophic network technological outage” on Jan. 3, and repairs may not be complete until January 2015, an obscure document on the Federal Business Opportunities website revealed. A Defense Department spokesman attributed the outage to the failure of a legacy component. The contracting document, posted on May 2, said the outage experienced by the Pentagon Life Safety System Network and Life Safety Backbone left the Pentagon Force Protection Agency “without access to the mission-critical systems needed to...
  • After outcry, Hagel orders review of female hairstyle policies

    04/30/2014 1:50:15 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 40 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 29, 2014 | Jon Harper
    Following an outcry by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is considering changing hairstyle regulations that affect female African-American servicemembers. On Tuesday, Hagel sent a letter to lawmakers announcing that, within 30 days, each of the services will review the definitions of authorized and prohibited hairstyles contained in each of their respective policies and revise any language that might be considered offensive. Caucus members had complained that a recently updated Army regulation governing troops’ hairstyles was racist and unfairly targeted African-American women. (snip) Hagel has also ordered the services to conduct a three-month review of...
  • Pentagon says Hagel told that Russia won’t invade

    04/28/2014 6:12:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2014 5:48 PM EDT
    The Pentagon says Russia’s defense chief has assured Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Russia will not invade Ukraine. […] Hagel also asked for Russia’s help in gaining the release of seven inspectors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who are being held in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists. …
  • Hagel makes rare visit to nuke missile base

    01/09/2014 8:05:53 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    journalstar.com ^ | 1-9-14 | Robert Burns
    Hoping to boost sagging morale, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made a rare visit Thursday to an Air Force nuclear missile base and the men and women who operate and safeguard the nation's Minuteman 3 missiles. But his attempt to cheer the troops was tempered by news that launch officers at another base had been implicated in an illegal-narcotics investigation.... Two officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana are being investigated for allegations of drug possession, said Lt. Col. Brett Ashworth, a service spokesman in Washington. Both of those being investigated are ICBM launch officers with responsibility for operating intercontinental...
  • The Quiet Fury of Robert Gates

    01/08/2014 4:56:22 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 57 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 7, 2013 | Robert M. Gates
    All too often during my 4½ years as secretary of defense, when I found myself sitting yet again at that witness table at yet another congressional hearing, I was tempted to stand up, slam the briefing book shut and quit on the spot. The exit lines were on the tip of my tongue: I may be the secretary of defense, but I am also an American citizen, and there is no son of a bitch in the world who can talk to me like that. I quit. Find somebody else. It was, I am confident, a fantasy widely shared throughout...
  • Hagel aims to curb unlawful influence arguments in trials

    08/17/2013 12:33:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 14, 2013 | Erik Slaven
    PDF link at source for Hagel memorandum.Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is pressing military juries and others involved in military criminal proceedings to exercise their own judgment based on facts, a message that comes as claims of unlawful command influence by senior officials are being made in some sexual assault trials. Comments by President Barack Obama, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos and others have been cited for the appearance of improperly influencing military jurors and command authorities, who some argue may interpret “get-tough” comments on sexual assault as directives. “Central to military justice is the...
  • Local civil service may be impacted by DoD furlough

    05/15/2013 9:13:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered the furlough of defense department civilians to begin in early July. Tuesday, Hagel directed 11 furlough days for civil service employees, half of the 22 days which were initially anticipated. Its impact on Fort Huachuca will not be immediately known, as the defense secretary’s decision is the starting process, post spokeswoman Tanja Linton said Tuesday afternoon. In his message, the defense secretary said the department “is facing a historic shortfall in our budget for the current fiscal year.” The sequestration law, which went into effect on March 1, imposes...
  • Hagel scraps drone medal

    04/15/2013 6:06:00 PM PDT · by South40 · 13 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 4/15/2013 | Jeanette Steele
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has demoted the controversial military award for drone operators from a medal to a device, in response to criticism from veterans that the new Distinguished Warfare Medal shouldn't rank about the Bronze Star with V or Purple Heart – awards that require troops to put their lives on the line. In a memo released Monday, Hagel announced that he is scrapping the medal introduced in February by his predecessor, Leon Panetta.
  • Blast Hits Afghan Capital Shortly After Hagel Arrives

    03/09/2013 5:50:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 3/9/13 | ALISSA J. RUBIN
    - A suicide bomber wearing a vest bomb struck outside the Afghan defense ministry on Saturday, killing at least 10 people in a blast just hours after Chuck Hagel, the new United States defense secretary, arrived here in Kabul. And a short time later, another suicide bomber detonated his explosive in eastern Afghanistan before reaching his target, but killed eight children and a policeman, according to Afghan military and hospital officials.
  • Kerry Has Investments in Companies Accused of Violating Iran Sanctions

    12/21/2012 10:50:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    Kerry Has Investments in Companies Accused of Violating Iran Sanctions Daniel Halper December 21, 2012 12:59 PM John Kerry, who will be nominated later today to be the next secretary of state, is the richest member of the U.S. Senate. His estimated net worth is, at minimum, $198.65 million, according to disclosure forms. Kerry's disclosure forms also reveal that he has invested in companies accused of doing business with Iran. One of the companies Kerry is invested in is called Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (Petrobras), it's a Brazilian-based oil and gas corporation. Disclosure forms reveal that Kerry has between $150,000...
  • Hagel, Obama and Iran

    02/22/2013 12:40:58 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/22/2013 | Mona Charen
    Hagel’s nomination proves the president isn’t serious about preventing a nuclear Iran. Does it matter that a nominee for secretary of defense doesn’t particularly care for American power? Speaking to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in 2007, Senator Chuck Hagel revealed the kind of prejudices regarding American military strength most frequently found in the pages of the The Nation or among protesters at Occupy rallies. Distancing himself from Republicans he regarded as too bellicose, Hagel said, Rather than acting like a nation riddled with the insecurities of a schoolyard bully, we ought to carry ourselves with the confidence...
  • The Atlantic Council’s Sanctions-Busting Backers... Corporations that have evaded Iran sanctions

    02/12/2013 10:14:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/13/13 | Alana Goodman
    Multiple foreign corporations that have bypassed or attempted to bypass United States and European Union sanctions against Iran are funding the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank chaired by defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel. One council sponsor, Italian oil company Eni, has vehemently defended its trade with Iran, saying it was “proud” of its cooperation with the regime. “Given the existence of foreign pressures, implementation of most projects in Iran is challenging and complicated,” Eni’s Executive Vice President Guido Michelotti told reporters during a 2011 visit to Iran. “Yet, we have always been interested in cooperation with the Iranian side...
  • Panetta says US at risk of being second-rate power

    02/07/2013 7:41:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2013 5:00 PM EST | Richard Lardner and Donna Cassata
    The United States is at risk of becoming a second-rate power if automatic budget cuts go into effect, plunging the U.S. armed forces into the most significant readiness crisis they’ve faced in more than a decade, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday. Panetta, who is retiring soon from his post, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that if the reductions are allowed to stand he would have to throw the country’s national defense strategy “out the window.” But Panetta also assured lawmakers the Pentagon would take the steps necessary to deal with possible threats in the Persian Gulf region after...
  • Send in the Clowns (Oliver North on Hagel)

    02/07/2013 3:37:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 8, 2013 | Oliver North
    TIBERIAS, Israel — Atop the Golan Heights, there are thousands of fruit trees, vineyards, acres of wheat, vegetables, herds of cattle and a half-million or more land mines. The livestock and produce were brought here and cultivated by Israeli citizen-soldiers — people who beat their swords into plowshares to wrest farmland from a battlefield. The land mines were planted by the Syrian army. The Golan plateau is an object lesson for American policymakers who believe that the Israelis need only trade a little more land in exchange for peace. It just isn't so. While we were en route to the...
  • Women in Combat? Some Marines React

    01/29/2013 6:57:35 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | THOMAS JAMES BRENNAN
    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, announced last week that the Pentagon was lifting the policy that had barred women from specific combat roles. But Marines who have served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan – myself included – worry that the decision did not take the opinions of infantrymen into account. Being an infantryman isn’t just about uncomfortable living situations. It’s kill or be killed, blood, entrails and fear. We are a brotherhood; a collection of ragtag men who hunt and kill the enemy and travel to...
  • In His Own Words: Chuck Hagel's False History of Israel

    01/18/2013 9:08:08 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/13 | Joel B. Pollak
    Surprisingly little attention has been paid to former Sen. Chuck Hagel's 2008 memoir, America: Our Next Chapter. In it, Hagel lays out his thoughts on a wide range of issues, including the Israel-Palestinian conflict and Iran, to which he devotes one chapter each. Hagel's attempt to describe the origins and history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reveals that he does not know the facts--and fills the void with anti-Israel bias. Hagel identifies the origins of the conflict by claiming: "the Arab-Israeli standoff was first set in motion by the Balfour Declaration of 1919 promising the Jewish people a homeland and the...
  • Exclusive - Dershowitz: 'I Will Testify Against Hagel' on Iran

    01/07/2013 3:20:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    Prof. Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School is a legendary defense lawyer, and the country's foremost pro-Israel advocate. He is also a steadfast supporter of President Barack Obama. Breitbart News spoke to him in an exclusive interview today about the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as Secretary of Defense.Sen. Hagel is controversial for his views on Israel, the Iraq War, Iran, and gays, among other issues. Dershowitz had, prior to Hagel's nomination, urged President Obama publicly not to appoint Hagel to the position.Breitbart News: Does the Hagel nomination represent a slap in the face to the pro-Israel community?Dershowitz:...
  • Policy ace Michele Flournoy could be first female Defense chief

    01/04/2013 3:53:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 4, 2013 | Shashank Bengali & Matea Gold
    WASHINGTON — It's a long way from playing volleyball at Beverly Hills High School to being the most powerful woman in Washington, but Michele Flournoy could cap such a remarkable journey if President Obama selects her as Defense secretary. Flournoy, little known outside the world of military policy, is on the shortlist to lead the Pentagon in Obama's second term. She would be the first woman in that role. An inveterate policy wonk who first worked in the Pentagon under President Clinton and later co-founded a respected think tank, Flournoy, 52, has spent two decades climbing to the top of...
  • White House Wavers on Hagel, Considers Others for Defense

    12/23/2012 5:08:40 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    White House Wavers on Hagel, Considers Others for Defense By Michael Hirsh | National Journal – 5 hrs ago Besieged by criticism from right and left, and considerable skepticism from his former Senate colleagues, Chuck Hagel appears to be following the path of Susan Rice as a trial-balloon nominee who finds himself quickly losing altitude in Washington. And as happened with Rice, the White House is now signaling that it may soon puncture Hagel's hopes. Just as occurred with Rice, the U.N. ambassador whose prospective nomination as secretary of State—leaked to the media—flamed out in the face of widespread criticism...
  • Cornyn: Hagel “Unacceptable” As Secretary of Defense

    12/21/2012 5:38:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 21 Dec 2012 05:28 PM | Stephen Feller
    Republican Sen. John Cornyn told the Washington Post that he had problems with several positions Hagel has taken over the years, many of which will receive opposition from both sides of the aisle. “It is not just an isolated problem. It is a consistent position in support of American weakness,” Cornyn said. “I can’t support a Hagel nomination if it comes … There are some points about his record that make him unacceptable.” …
  • Rejecting Chuck Hagel (no longer under consideration?)

    12/19/2012 11:09:35 AM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Former Republican Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel may no longer be President Obama’s favored pick to run the Defense Department, sources told the Free Beacon. Hagel immediately drew a frosty reception from observers who criticized him for advocating in favor of direct unconditional talks with Iran and for backing sizable cuts to the defense budget.
  • RJC: Hagel Appointment Would Be 'Slap in the Face' to Israel

    12/16/2012 8:18:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    INN ^ | 12/16/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) announced its opposition to the potential appointment of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as Secretary of Defense, citing a long list of actions Hagel has taken that raise alarms about his failure to support Israel. Hagel is said to be the leading contender to replace Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is expected to step down early next year. The RJC outlined a number of instances highlighting Hagel’s anti-Israel record: In August 2006, Hagel was one of only 12 Senators who refused to write the EU asking them to declare Hizbullah a terrorist organization; In October...
  • Obama's Sec Def Pick? I'm U.S. Senator, not Israeli Senator (Hagel)

    12/16/2012 6:07:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/16/12 | Politico
    POLITICO: In an interview with Aaron David Miller for his book published by Random House, "The Much Too Promised Land," Sen. Chuck Hagel spoke about Israel
  • Rosa Brooks, Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy

    08/08/2011 3:29:49 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 21 replies
    JessDuntno | Today | Various Sources
    Rosa Brooks serves as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy. In May 2010 she also became Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and then Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy. She is running a new Pentagon office dedicated to those issues. She is on leave from her job as a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Brooks is known as a columnist (most recently with the LA Times) and at the Pentagon her portfolio has included both human rights issues and global engagement and strategic communication. Her mother, Barbara Ehrenreich, is...
  • Obama to fill key posts in weeks; Hagel on Pentagon short list

    12/04/2012 8:29:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Dec 4, 2012 5:18pm EST | Matt Spetalnick
    President Barack Obama is expected to announce his nominees for secretaries of state and defense in the next two weeks, with former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel on the short list of potential choices to head the Pentagon, senior administration officials said on Tuesday. Hagel, whose appointment would give Obama's reshuffled second-term Cabinet a bipartisan cast, met the Democratic president at the White House this week to discuss a post on his national security team. But there was no sign that Obama had decided on any of the key nominations he will put forth. … Other top contenders to replace Defense...
  • Why I Like Donald Rumsfeld …

    08/06/2012 8:41:41 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 6 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 8-5-2012 | Dan Friedman
    Rumsfeld: Israel shouldn’t tell the US before striking IranFormer U.S. defense secretary tells Fox News that international sanctions have had no impact on the Iranian regime • Given leaks at White House, Rumsfeld says he would not notify U.S. of Iran plans if he were in the Israeli government.
  • 'Car Bomb' As Panetta Lands In Afghanistan

    03/14/2012 9:27:53 AM PDT · by Wilderness Conservative · 3 replies
    Skynews ^ | 3/14/12
    A suspected car bomb attack has taken place at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, Sky Sources have revealed. The explosion came as US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta flew into Camp Bastion. It is believed that Mr Panetta was still landing or had landed at the time of the alleged attack, but it is not clear if he was a target. Sky's Stuart Ramsay said the explosion was caused when a vehicle drove on to the runway either during or after the landing. Sky Sources have been told the explosion was caused by the driver of the vehicle. An investigation has now...
  • Officials call incident at Afghanistan airport an 'attempted attack' (SecDef)

    03/14/2012 4:39:06 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 9 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 3/14/2012 | Foxnews
    A military source tells Fox News the strange incident on the tarmac Wednesday at Camp Bastion that occurred moments before Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived via C-17 was an attempted attack.
  • Media blackout: CIA director accused of links to Communist spy contact -- scandal ignored

    06/13/2011 8:53:22 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 35 replies
    Renew America ^ | 6-13-2011 | Wes Vernon - Commentary
    Media blackout: CIA director accused of links to Communist spy contact -- scandal ignored Wes Vernon June 13, 2011 If you have been depending on the mainstream media for your news the past few days, you are probably learning here for the first time that CIA Director Leon Panetta has been called out for his links to an important open member of the Communist Party. Some background When this writer first arrived in Washington, D.C., as a reporter in 1968, one of my assignments was to cover the congressional delegation from Washington State. Occasionally, both Democrat and Republican members of...
  • Obama to put Petraeus at CIA, Panetta at Pentagon

    04/27/2011 5:57:10 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Wednesday, 04.27.11 | MARGARET TALEV AND JONATHAN S. LANDAY
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will announce Thursday a major overhaul of his defense and intelligence teams, one that analysts say has the potential - but no guarantee - to speed a drawdown of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. He will nominate CIA Director Leon Panetta to lead the Defense Department, replacing Secretary Robert Gates, who is retiring. Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of forces in Afghanistan, will retire from the military and would become the new CIA chief. Lt. Gen. John Allen, now the deputy at U.S. Central Command, would fill Petraeus' shoes in Afghanistan to command U.S.-led forces. Ryan...
  • EXCLUSIVE: RUMSFELD UNLOADS (Drudge Report)

    02/02/2011 4:06:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 2/2/11 | Matt Drudge
    Long-awaited, from-the-hip memoir offers raw, unvarnished look at eight decades of history "If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much." So declares former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in his news book 'KNOWN AND UNKNOWN'. In the book, which streets next week, Rumsfeld details his half-century career in and around the ring -- and West Wing. It is based not only on Rumsfeld's memory but also on hundreds of previously unreleased documents from throughout his career. Now only the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal: # Rumsfeld warned in 2001 of Afghan “swamp” and “not to make a career...
  • Woodward Hints at Powell as Next SecDef

    10/03/2010 8:46:27 AM PDT · by Abathar · 28 replies
    Military.com ^ | October 01, 2010 | Ward Carroll
    Legendary author and reporter Bob Woodward indicated that former JCS Chairman and Secretary of State Colin Powell might get the nod to replace Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense when Gates leaves in 2011. “I’ve heard suggestions that [President Obama] might lean on Colin Powell,” Woodward said to Military.com during an exclusive interview behind the release of Obama’s Wars, his latest book. “Obama needs some good news in this war,” he added with the notion that persuading Powell to take the job would certainly be a good move in the eyes of most of the American public. Woodward also pointed...
  • Vast number of military bands may not be music to Gates's ears

    08/23/2010 9:09:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Washington Post, ^ | 8/23/10 | Walter Pincus
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates frequently makes the point that Congress funds Defense Department personnel far more easily than it does State Department employees. "There are about 6,000 FSOs," or Foreign Service officers, he told an audience in San Francisco this month. He drew laughter when he added that former secretary of state "Condi Rice used to say, 'We have more people in military bands than they have in the Foreign Service.' She was not far wrong." Well, maybe Gates should take a closer look at those military bands during his campaign to trim defense spending. My interest was triggered...
  • Gates wants to retire in 2011

    08/16/2010 8:11:12 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | August 16, 2010 10:43 a.m. EDT | Chris Lawrence and Ed Henry
    Washington (CNN) -- Defense Robert Gates is expected to leave his post in the spring of 2011, a senior administration source told CNN on Monday. A Pentagon spokesman confirmed that Gates wants to retire some time next year. Gates was quoted in an article in the magazine Foreign Policy published Monday saying he wanted to step down before the end of 2011. ... In addition, the senior official said, Gates does not want a potentially difficult confirmation battle for his successor to take place in the presidential election year of 2012.
  • SecDef Hillary Rodham Clinton

    06/10/2010 7:25:53 PM PDT · by SCPatriot77 · 40 replies · 815+ views
    More: For Women of Style and Substance ^ | June 2010 | Susan Toepfer
    Is Hillary Changing Jobs? Rumors are ricocheting through Washington that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wants to retire--and that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may soon replace him as Secretary of Defense. And why not? The woman who campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination with a TV ad declaring her “readiness” to fight has more than proven her grit in the last year. She stood up to Korea, blasted Pakistan, got pissed at Israel, came to terms with China.
  • DoD Not Hiding Fort Hood Shooting Details, Gates Says

    04/16/2010 4:25:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 484+ views
    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 16, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today disputed claims that the Defense Department was withholding information from the Senate Homeland Security Committee about the Nov. 5 Fort Hood, Texas, shooting incident. “We have no interest in hiding anything,” said Gates, who earlier this week had traveled to Peru, Colombia and then Barbados to discuss regional security issues.“But what [is] most important,” Gates told reporters here, “is this prosecution, and we will cooperate with the committee in every way with that single caveat -- that whatever we provide does not impact the prosecution. That is the...
  • AP Exclusive: Gates to stay at Pentagon this year

    01/07/2010 6:18:54 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 338+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 7, 2010 | ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's most prominent holdover from the Bush administration—Defense Secretary Robert Gates—is staying on for at least another year. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told The Associated Press late Thursday that Gates and Obama agreed last month that Gates would stay on as Pentagon chief. The commitment is open-ended, but would be for at least the rest of 2010.
  • McNamara's Wall

    07/07/2009 1:17:55 PM PDT · by Interesting Times · 64 replies · 1,145+ views
    Washington Inquirer ^ | May 8, 1995 | Michael Benge
    Rather than absolving him of his sins, former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara’s pseudo-mea culpa, “In Retrospect: Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam,” is a self-indictment. His lesser crime is self-indulgence. His arrogance and duplicity during the Vietnam conflict is echoed throughout his book as he recounts his mismanagement of the war. If as he admits, ignorance was his guiding light, then, it has grown to be a beacon today, proving that he has learned little about Vietnamese communism in the almost three decades that it took him to write his book. Besides the war, another tragedy is that McNamara seems...
  • Commentary: Galloway on McNamara: Reading an obit with great pleasure

    07/06/2009 4:27:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 26 replies · 1,381+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | July 6, 2009 | Joseph Galloway
    "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." —Clarence Darrow (1857–1938) Well, the aptly named Robert Strange McNamara has finally shuffled off to join LBJ and Dick Nixon in the 7th level of Hell. McNamara was the original bean-counter — a man who knew the cost of everything but the worth of nothing.
  • Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara Dies

    07/06/2009 6:21:18 AM PDT · by DFG · 333 replies · 10,536+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 07/06/09 | Staff
    Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara has died. McNamara, 93, died at home in his sleep Monday morning, his wife Diana told The Associated Press. She said he had been in failing health for some time. Known as a policymaker with a fixation for statistical analysis, McNamara was president of the Ford Motor Co. when President John F. Kennedy asked him to head the Pentagon in 1961. McNamara worked for seven years as the defense secretary in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, longer than any other person in that post. He headed the war department during the build-up of forces in...
  • Holocaust Museum Shooter: Christian hating Socialist

    06/11/2009 7:59:25 AM PDT · by Stepan12 · 66 replies · 2,247+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 11, 2009 | Ben Johnson
    James Von Brunn’s writings don’t sound very “right-wing.” On June 10, the nation tragically witnessed a memorial dedicated to commemorating an atrocity become the site of yet more death. Just before 1 p.m., longtime neo-Nazi James Wenneker Von Brunn entered the Holocaust Museum on the National Mall and opened fire in an attempt to complete the Final Solution his hero had left tentative, an omission Von Brunn dubbed “Hitler’s biggest mistake.” As former Defense Secretary Bill Cohen wandered the museum grounds, Von Brunn killed Stephen T. Johns, a black security officer, then was shot himself. As of this writing, the...
  • Gates Issues Warning to North Korea (WOW Gates, way to get tough! sarc)

    05/30/2009 5:01:27 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 25 replies · 902+ views
    ny times ^ | 5/30/2009 | ELISABETH BUMILLER
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned North Korea on Saturday that the United States would not accept it as a nuclear weapons state, as Asian security officials struggled to find a new way to deal with the isolated Communist nation. “We will not stand idly by as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in Asia — or on us,” Mr. Gates told a major defense conference here that has been dominated by North Korea’s test this week of a nuclear device and the firing of at least six short-range missiles, all in defiance of international...
  • Gates Warns North Korea Not to Provoke U.S. (oooh! Kim so scared!)

    05/29/2009 10:58:23 PM PDT · by prismsinc · 33 replies · 1,283+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 29, 2009 | AP via FoxNews
    SINGAPORE -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned North Korea on Saturday that the United States would respond quickly if moves by the communist government threaten America or its Asian allies. "We will not stand idly by as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in the region -- or on us," Gates told an annual international meeting of defense and security officials from Asia and the Pacific Rim. Gates called North Korea's nuclear program a "harbinger of a dark future" but said he does not consider it a direct military threat to the United States...