Gates: Defeat al Qaeda, Shrink the Gap, Embrace the New Coreon July 31, 2008 at 5:56 am
Secretary Gates, who got his post as head of the U.S. Department of Defense after losing to Nebraska, is my kind of guy (and not just because he acknowledges the eternal supremacy of the Cornhuskers).
Gates Sees Terrorism Remaining Enemy No. 1 – washingtonpost.com
The strategy document, which has not been released, calls for the military to master “irregular” warfare rather than focusing on conventional conflicts against other nations, though Gates also recommends partnering with China and Russia in order to blunt their rise as potential adversaries. The strategy is a culmination of Gates’s work since he took over the Pentagon in late 2006 and spells out his view that the nation must harness both military assets and “soft power” to defeat a complex, transnational foe.
Both John McCain and Barack Obama should be asked if they will keep on Robert Gates as Defense Secretary.