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What other's say: Stalemate between parties prevents progress

IN HIS RECENT BOOK "DUTY: MEMOIRS OF A secretary at War," Robert Gates, former secretary of defense under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, makes pertinent observations on our defense policy.Oddly enough, Gates...
Rich Lowry: The military vs. Marlboro

...a ban on the sale of cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco on bases and ships. Without committing himself, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has spoken favorably of the idea, citing health-care costs: "I think we owe it to our people...
Pigskin Pick'Em Week 3: Playing the Unknown everything we thought we knew about the NFL in 2014. We'll do so by using our favorite Donald Rumsfeld Secretary of Defense strategy. There are three categories, "The Known-Known", "The Known-Unknown", and "The Unknown-Unknown...
Rich Lowry: A war for show

...might that the world's lone superpower is willing to muster.There has been renewed talk of how, as former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta put it the other day, the fight against terrorism will be a 30-year war. At this rate, it will...
Rich Lowry: Obama's Iraq war

...Kurdish fighters on the ground. At a press briefing last week, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel sounded like they were setting the intellectual and rhetorical predicate for a broader campaign - before...

...continued membership declines and fights over its inclusion of openly gay boys, but not adults. Gates, the former secretary of defense who oversaw the end of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, addressed those issues Friday...
Obama's insincere war

...2011, the president had lost whatever faith he had in the war, according to Gates.In the telling of his former secretary of defense, Obama violated what should be the psychological Powell Doctrine: If you don't believe in it, don't fight...
The 'spy' still out in the cold

...Representative Robert Wexler (D-FL), and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, among others.Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Lawrence J. Korb notes that Pollard has been in prison "three times longer than anybody who's ever provided...
Noting Alaska's role, Hagel unveils first U.S. Arctic strategy, and that more attention should be put on equipping the Coast Guard to operate in the far north."I urge Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to swiftly assess the need for greater icebreaking capacity in the Arctic - an issue I have championed...

Biography isn't policy. President Obama's choice for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, former Nebraska Republican senator, has a resume most politicians can envy: a clean senatorial record, no ethical...


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