Robert Gates

“He acts like terrorism is something like the weather. It just happens," said Kellyanne Conway.
“He has no clue about the difference between negotiating a business deal and negotiating with sovereign nations.”
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates didn’t have nice things to say about Donald Trump’s foreign policy, warning against the candidate’s brazen style and lack of consistency on Sunday.
The former defense secretary said he doesn't even know what Trump's plan is to handle ISIS.
While Rhodes raises largely valuable points about the grave deficiencies of the current news media and long-term foreign policy establishment, what he doesn't address is the lack of preparedness on the part of the administration in dealing with a chaotic world it may be making even more chaotic.
In his latest book, A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates looks back on five decades of leadership experience.
Look how the political discourse of the country has shifted following recent terrorist attacks and the one-upmanship xenophobia of the Republican presidential primary. Who is confident that whoever wins the Republican primary would not try to lead the country into a ground war in Syria?
Sanders is correct to maintain that economic inequality is important. However his inability to address the issue in a meaningful way, given the opportunity, and stick to prewritten talking points show a lack of versatility and attention to foreign policy that we desperately need in the next president.
It would be so simple, for example, for the president to get network time to deliver a national address to the American people, perhaps with a map in the background, to explain what his Administration is doing in fighting ISIS.
Obama's China syndrome is that he seeks both to engage China and to contain China. Both are appropriate and arguably quite necessary goals for American statecraft. But they presuppose a state of creative tension between the established superpower and would-be superpower.
With its many millions of youth aspiring to such a forward thinking global citizenship, the potential of Scouting in today's rapidly changing world landscape cannot be underestimated, and should be maximized.
Robert Gates is not to blame that the ban on homosexual adult leaders was not addressed years sooner, but he must answer for the current plan that seeks to devolve anti-LGBT discrimination to all of those faith-based chartered organizations that might prefer to exclude LGBT parents. This is wrong and divisive.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) took to Twitter on Thursday to encourage the Boy Scouts of America to lift the group’s
War is not just another policy option. It means death and destruction. It wrecks societies. It creates harms which cannot be undone. It is the most serious action that government can take. It should be a last resort, reserved for the most important interests and most moral causes. None of these is at stake in the case of Iran. Americans demanding that Washington attack Iran demonstrate that Lord Acton's axiom, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely," applies even to the United States. The mere fact that America is able to war against every nation on the planet does not justify it doing so. Washington should officially take the military option off of the table when dealing with Iran.
Chinese foreign policy displayed imagination, strategic vision and the political coherence to vastly enhance its regional dominance and global influence. While U.S. foreign policy displayed it has little to offer besides its vast military power.
"I think it is dangerous to say every disagreement equals disloyalty," said Gibbs. "If that’s the case, you could look at
Gates also said that a mission of destroying the militant group ISIS would be "very ambitious," and the goal instead should