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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Robert M. Gates
Citing former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' memoir, the father of a National Guardsman whose son was killed in Afghanistan is blaming White House leaks about the Osama bin Laden raid for the Taliban's downing of a transport helicopter that killed his son, 17 members of SEAL Team 6 and 12 other U.S. troops.
U.S. intelligence agencies are stepping up their spying on Russia's military amid concerns that Moscow is preparing to use force against Ukraine in the wake of the pro-democracy revolution in Kiev.
"For him, it's all about getting out."
Chinese military forums on the Internet were abuzz recently over the posting of the first photo of China's latest test flight of a prototype jet.
Some memoirs are written to explain or apologize, and some are written to settle scores. Although Robert M. Gates' "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War" settles some scores, my sense is that he wrote it to get his whole experience as secretary of defense behind him.
You will perhaps forgive me if I have found all this bellyaching about retired Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates' so-called indiscretion, indignation and candor a bit hard to take.
Only Washington could create a sleazy charlatan like Robert M. Gates and pass him off as some bipartisan example of competence and honor.
For most of the past five years, President Obama's "fundamental transformation" of American national security policy, practice and capabilities has largely gotten a pass from the public, the press and even his political opponents.
Though it has already been excerpted and sound-bitten to a fare-thee-well, there are several things to remember about "Duty," the explosive memoir by former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates hitting bookstores around the world next week.
Every night's going to be Halloween for the former Secretary of State. The skeletons in her closet are signing up now for the conga line.
President Obama's leadership style is savaged in the 594-page memoir of Former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, a man who has served every president going back to Richard Nixon, except Bill Clinton.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is taking another look at the case of a Marine sergeant who fell on a grenade, smothering the blast and saving the lives of his squadmates in Iraq, but who has been denied the Medal of Honor by the two previous defense secretaries.
Former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has been elected to the national leadership board of Boy Scouts of America and also will serve as national president-elect, the organization said Wednesday.
Now, even the president's men don't like his Syria policy.
Robert M. Gates, a Republican who served as secretary of defense under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, is calling on lawmakers on Capitol Hill to back the Obama administration's plan to launch a military strike against the Assad regime, Politico reported.
"The aggressive, arrogant actions of Vladimir Putin require from Western leaders strategic thinking, bold leadership and steely resolve — now," Mr. Gates wrote.
Mr. Gates tried to hammer home that point during a June 2011 congressional hearing where he told lawmakers, "Let's be blunt: The third site in Europe was not going to happen because the Czech government wouldn't approve the radar."