Robert Gates on Afghanistan, his disagreements with President Biden and polarization in the U.S.
Robert Gates, the only secretary of defense to serve under presidents from two different parties, offers Anderson Cooper his unique perspective on the threats facing the United States at home and abroad.cbsnews.com
Joe Biden’s Surrender Is an Ugly, Needless Disaster
-With the Taliban retaking Afghanistan amid a frenzied U.S. exit, I am reminded that Robert Gates, Barack Obama’s defense secretary, famously said that Joe Biden has “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” That isn’t an exaggeration.Biden opposed the Persian Gulf War (later, reversing his decision and saying George H.W. Bush should have gone all the way to Baghdad) and supported the Iraq War, before opposing the surge in Iraq (notnews.yahoo.com
As Biden pulls out of Afghanistan, what’s his plan for Pakistan? It harbors terrorists, too | Opinion
According to the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General, the Taliban has increased its violence against Afghan citizens since the beginning of the year. Peace talks with the Afghan government have led to a U.S. vow to pull troops from the country by Sept. 11. While Afghanistan gets most of the attention in the region, we, at least, are proposing a “plan” to neutralize anti-West terror development there. We’ll support intelligence, counter narcotics aid and freezing funds and assets goinews.yahoo.com
Extraordinary warning to Trump by 10 former Pentagon chiefs
Following the Nov. 3 election and subsequent recounts in some states, as well as unsuccessful court challenges, the outcome is clear, they wrote, while not specifying Trump in the article. The former Pentagon chiefs warned against use of the military in any effort to change the outcome. “Efforts to involve the U.S. armed forces in resolving election disputes would take us into dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional territory,” they wrote. Biden has complained of efforts by Trump-appointed Pentagon officials to obstruct the transition. In reversing himself, Miller cited “recent threats issued by Iranian leaders against President Trump and other U.S. government officials.” He did not elaborate, and the Pentagon did not respond to questions.
Bahrain's long-serving prime minister dies at age 84
The prince represented an older style of Gulf leadership, one that granted patronage and favors for support of the Sunni Al Khalifa family. That style would be challenged in the 2011 protests by the island’s Shiite majority and others, who demonstrated against him over long-running corruption allegations surrounding his rule. Under an informal arrangement, Sheikh Isa handled the island’s diplomacy and ceremonial duties while Prince Khalifa ran the government and economy. But while other hard-line members of the Al Khalifa family actively pushed for a confrontation with Shiites, Prince Khalifa maintained contacts with those the government opposed. “Khalifa bin Salman could and did work with both Sunni and Shia, especially through his relations with Bahrain’s business community,” Diwan said.
Robert Gates discusses global warming and long-term national security issues
In this "Face the Nation" Web Extra, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates tells host John Dickerson that Global Warming is an important national security issue and talks about other serious long-term problems.cbsnews.com
Extended interview: Robert Gates, May 15
Former Defense Sec. Robert Gates sits down with CBS' "Face the Nation" to talk about the current prospects for a Trump presidency, the Obama administration's foreign policy, and how Hillary Clinton stacks up against the president on hawkishness. This is an extended cut of the interview that aired May 15, 2016.cbsnews.com
Robert Gates on Iran prisoner swap, new book "A Passion for Leadership"
Robert Gates served eight U.S. presidents in both parties as defense secretary and CIA director. He is now president of the Boy Scouts of America. Gates joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss his new book, “A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service," and the U.S.-Iran prisoner swap.cbsnews.com
Boy Scouts president questions ban on gay adults
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who now serves as the national president of the Boy Scouts of America, said Thursday that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults "cannot be sustained." CBSN's Jeff Glor has details.cbsnews.com
Robert Gates: "Long way to go" with Iraqi security forces
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wrote about his four and a half years leading the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in his book, “Duty,” which is now out in paperback. Gates joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the current state of Iraq, as the key city of Ramadi is now in the hands of ISIS.cbsnews.com