A New Director in the House

By: Friday August 6, 2010 2:20 am

Hey there, DNI Clapper. Welcome to your new gig. I have a couple pieces of advice for you as you emerge, confirmed, from the chambers of Congress. You probably don’t need the advice, but what’s a blog post for if not offering unsolicited opinions? Don’t let those agency guys push you around. Show some offense! [...]

Gates Claims Eisenhower’s Mantle, Challenging Pentagon Overspending

By: Saturday May 8, 2010 3:30 pm

It’s really hard to figure out just what section of Robert Gates’ speech this afternoon to the Eisenhower library about “political will and the Defense budget” to quote. Gates is taking on a lot of opponents. Legislators who never met a defense platform they wouldn’t throw money at. Pentagon bureaucrats and staff officers who never [...]

Is Bob Gates The Greatest Defense Secretary Of All Time?

By: Thursday March 11, 2010 10:00 pm

Settle down, Yeezy. The miracle of GoogleBuzz allows me to see Josh Foust‘s GoogleReader, where he likes to talk about articles that annoy him, and one of the things that annoyed him today is my offhand remark in an earlier post that Robert Gates is shaping up to be the defense secretary ever. So I’m [...]

Levin: Won’t Somebody Stop Blackwater’s Impunity?

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 3:11 pm

Carl Levin sent letters last week — made public today — to get Eric Holder to investigate Blackwater for contract fraud and to get Bob Gates to stop Blackwater from getting yet another Afghanistan security-sector training contract. I don’t want to step on the toes of a story I’m working on, but it’s fairly astonishing, [...]