"If you've been laboring under the impression that President Bush is in favor of expanding and strengthening the American military, I've got some news for you. The man he installed as the replacement for Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense, former career CIA man Robert Gates, is not exactly headed in that direction. In fact, there's no question that he's quite adamant about continuing the current Bush Administration policy of not modernizing our conventional warfare capacity--that is, the Cold War concept of combat--because we're going to concentrate on 'irregular' warfare. ... Is Gates as Defense Secretary the greatest thing since sliced bread? Or is his continuation in that position a betrayal by Obama that is a grevious breach of his promises to the left wing of the Democrats? Or is Robert Gates taking us to the point of no return when it comes to America's conventional warfare capacity? Perhaps we should ask the Russians and the Chinese?", Dennis Sevakis (DS), 14 December 2008 at http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/12/whither_americas_defense_polic.html.
"Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo get more press, but among the most urgent national secuity challenges facing President-elect Obama is what to do about America's aging nuclear stockpiles. No less an authority than Secretary of Defense Robert Gates calls the situation 'bleak' and is urging immediate modernization. ... [Obama's] wooly words have given boost to the world disarmament movement, including last week's launch of Global Zero, the effort by Richard Branson and Queen Noor to eliminate nuclear weapons in 25 years. Naturally, they want to start with cuts in the U.S. arsenal", Editorial at the WSJ, 15 December 2008.
Adolf Hitler said during the Yugoslavia campaign that guerrilla warfare was the refuge of the weak. Gates may be our worst SecDef since Robert MacNamara. He "thinks" all major weapons programs should "show some utility and relevance to ... irregular campaigns". Is Gates an idiot, or worse? Must a hammer show "some utility ... to turning nuts"? Gates, get out. Why "must we win the current campaigns"? I see no strategic significance to the US of the Iraq or Afghanistan "wars". Absent strategic superiority, the rest of our military forces are useless. 300-ship Navy? I remember when the US aimed at a 600-ship Navy, see my 22 November 2007 post: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2007/11/us-navy-rip-3.html.
I agree with DS. Suprisingly, I think if we asked Czar Putin he would tell us. Why? I think the Czar prefers a strong US to a strong China. China borders Russia. We don't.
What a piece of work Queen Noor (QN) is. Who is QN? QN, born in 1951 as Lisa Halaby, had a silver spoon in her mouth. She went to Princeton. That happens if your father is CEO of Pan American Airways. She marries the King of Jordan. So? Now she wants the US to disarm. Why? I presume since she has not been assassinated, she is part of the world-wide Jihad. QN, thank you very much. Go to hell. Among QN's more charming traits are: apparent historical ignorance and virulent anti-Semitism. Did you know Jordan makes it a felony to criticize the Prophet (PBUH)? Has QN spoken out against this? Does QN believe in the First Amendment, or does she want to avoid following Marie Antoinette to the guillotine?