June 4, 2007 |
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived Sunday evening for his second visit to the Afghan capital since becoming the Pentagon chief, saying that he believes progress is being made in the country, but he wants to ensure there is no slackening of effort. Gates first visited Afghanistan in January, just weeks into his tenure, after which he expressed guarded optimism, saying the situation on the ground was better than he had expected.
December 7, 2006 |
The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to confirm Robert M. Gates as the 22nd U.S. secretary of Defense, giving the former CIA director decisive bipartisan support amid the increasingly divisive debate over the war in Iraq. The Senate voted 95 to 2 to approve Gates' nomination. White House officials said he would be sworn in Dec. 18. The quick handover would mean Donald H.
December 6, 2006 |
Once one of the most controversial men in Washington, Robert M. Gates stepped into what passes in the nation's capital for a congressional love-fest Tuesday for the simple reason that he was not Donald H. Rumsfeld. The last time around, when Gates was nominated to head the CIA in 1991, the hearings stretched over months -- with the nominee facing hundreds of tough, personal questions. This time, Gates, nominated to become secretary of Defense, was questioned publicly for less than a day.
December 6, 2006 |
Robert M. Gates, President Bush's nominee to become Defense secretary, testified Tuesday that the United States was not winning the war in Iraq and said he would consider new courses of action, including a gradual withdrawal of American troops. Appearing before a Senate committee weighing his confirmation, Gates proved a sharp contrast to outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H.
November 9, 2006 |
Donald H. Rumsfeld came to the job of Defense secretary determined not only to remake the U.S. military, but to recast the Pentagon's role in national security. He arrived with a prescription for what he believed ailed the Pentagon. As he later put it in one of his famous "snowflake" memos -- so named by staffers because they arrived in a constant blizzard -- the department was "tangled in its anchor chain."
June 12, 2003 |
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld traveled to Germany on Wednesday for the first time since the war in Iraq but did little to mend the rift between Washington and Berlin.