Gates: Defeat al Qaeda, Shrink the Gap, Embrace the New Core

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.

4 thoughts on “Gates: Defeat al Qaeda, Shrink the Gap, Embrace the New Core”

  1. I believe Robert Gates should once again be retained as an objective, effective Secretary of Defense and all around troubleshooter. I further think the Obama Campaign should poll their supporters on retaining Gates and selecting Hillary Clinton as the Vice-President Nominee. Barak Obama has stated that he wants a strong, effective vice president who will keep him apprised of their true feelings and not be a “yes” person; a person with whom he is compatible. Well two out of three ain’t bad. Hillary would cement a win for the Democrats and insure a strong working relationship with congress.

  2. Gates has done well. Though under a new admin there is a very real (npi!) chance that the corrupt, ammoral cult of stability of realpolitik could raise it’s spectre with the so last year goals of ‘containment’. And Gates is an old school realpolitiker.

    In the next admin – Great Satan needs to continue to push for constant confrontation and selective interventions.

    Dr Frederick Kagan got game. As creator of “Surge” and other bona fides he would be an audacious cat.

  3. courtney,

    Gates has done well. Though under a new admin there is a very real (npi!) chance that the corrupt, ammoral cult of stability of realpolitik could raise it’s spectre with the so last year goals of ‘containment’.

    Excellent point. As I’m reading Descent into Chaos [1] I’m occasionally annoyed by Rashid’s descent into neocon-bashing, but then I realize that he needs to rally political support for nation building against such a threat of realism.

    [1] http://www.amazon.com/Descent-into-Chaos-Building-Afghanistan/dp/0670019704

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