Bill Kristol Thinks Robert Gates Needs to Man Up

Based on his most recent piece in the Weekly Standard Bill Kristol apparently thinks Secretary of Defense Robert Gates needs to man up.  Kristol takes Gates to task for his recent statements on Libya and future land wars in Asia and seems to believe the soon-to-retire secretary needs to adopt a view of American power as immature as his own.  Kristol’s arguments are so ridiculous that they should simply be ignore, but doing so would mean passing up on too much fun.

Right off the bat, Kristol lectures Secretary Gates for his recent speech at West Point where he . . .
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In Praise of Robert Gates (Kinda…)

Based on one of the major programs cut in his most recent round of “efficiency measures,” it’s becoming apparent that Secretary of State Robert Gates has been reading Hegemonic Obsessions.  Not long after this post proposed discontinuing the tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System, Gates announced that the redundant and unnecessary system would, in fact, be discontinued.  Coincidence…?  Probably…cutting MEADS was basically just common sense—something Gates seems to possess and something that will most likely be missed when he leaves his post later this year.

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There is much to admire about Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.  . . .
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War fatigue setting in on Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has proven himself to be a very skilled political player throughout his career in Washington by being able to tap into political currents and manipulate the narrative. Unlike some of his predecessors, Gates can see which way the wind is blowing. Therefore, his latest comments on U.S. foreign policy should be given extra attention. In a speech to West Point cadets Friday, Gates made a rather blunt assessment of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: “Any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or . . .
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The Pentagon’s budget promises savings without cuts

On Monday the White House released its proposed budget for next year, fiscal year 2012. The Pentagon is asking for a $553 billion base budget, a slight increase from the $549 billion estimated budget this year (budget overview can be found here). On top of that is a request for $118 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations, which basically means the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That number is down from an estimated $159 billion this current year.

The one interesting note in the budget is the pooling of civilian and military funds for OCO. $126 billion is sought for . . .
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The Pentagon: Budgeting without priority

Next week the Pentagon will unveil the largest budget in its history, a whopping $553 billion dollars. Trying to justify the record-level budget, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said it “represents, in my view, the minimum level of defense spending that is necessary, given the complex and unpredictable array of security challenges the United States faces around the globe,” writes McClatchy.

Pressure is building on the Pentagon to save money, both in and out of Washington, and Gates has been trying to preempt demands for larger cuts by proposing his own plan to save $100 billion over the next . . .
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