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Gates Decries Troops And Hasan ‘Leaks’

From an applauding New York Times:

Gates Condemns Leaks on U.S. Afghan Policy and Ft. Hood


November 13, 2009

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is normally a mild-mannered man, at least in public, but he unleashed a torrent on Thursday about leaks during the investigation of the Foot Hood shootings and during President Obama’s deliberations on sending more American troops to Afghanistan.

First, on the president’s meetings on Afghanistan: “I have been appalled by the amount of leaking that has been going on in this process,” Mr. Gates told reporters on his plane en route to a Wisconsin factory that is churning out thousands of armored trucks for use by American troops in Afghanistan. He added that he thought “a lot of different places are leaking” and that he was “confident that the Department of Defense is one of them.”

Then he made a threat: “And frankly if I found out with high confidence anybody who was leaking in the Department of Defense, who that was, that would probably be a career ender.”

The defense secretary moved on to the investigation of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who was charged in the deaths of 13 people on Nov. 5 at Fort Hood, Tex., and what Mr. Gates called “unconscionable” leaks from “everybody out there with their own little piece of the action.”

Then he concluded, “Everybody ought to just shut up.”

It is simply outrageous after all of the leaks we have had of matters truly vital to our national security, that Gates would pick this time and these two issues to speak out against leaking.

We shouldn’t be allowed to know that our President is dithering for months while are troops are waiting desperately for reinforcements?

We shouldn’t be allowed to hear the details behind the worst terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11? And how the military’s wrong-headed policies facilitated that attack?

Mr. Gates wants to cover up these things? (As if the press isn’t already doing its best to cover them up, anyway.)

In a better world this would be a “career ender” — for Mr. Gates.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Gates Decries Troops And Hasan ‘Leaks’”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    In Obamas world, gravity doesn’t apply. So Mr. Gates ……. your career is on a shaky plateau.

    “Shit rolls uphill !!”

  2. Laree says:

    14 murder victims of Ft Hood Massacre not 13. The Army isn’t counting the unborn child of Iraq Army Veteran Pvt Francheska Velez. What about baby Velez? There is a Federal Statute protecting the unborn being killed by a Violent Act. The Laci Peterson Law. Doesn’t matter how far along the pregnancy was. Obviously the Army knows she was pregnant that’s why she was sent home state side. Looks like she would have been safer in Iraq. That’s the sad state of American Affairs.

    We just commemorated Veterans Day, who is going to speak up for the uncounted baby of an Iraq Army Veteran?


  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    It has reached a point where I have grown absolutely weary of hearing it. Things that are legitimate gripes are never heard because they are too concerned with the relativistic BS and too busy whining about non-issues.

    It’s become all too obvious to me that we are faced with an entirely incompetent administration filled with people who are no more qualified to do the assigned duties they have than a bunch of preschoolers assigned to build a skyscraper. Actually, when it comes down to it, my money’s on the preschoolers.

    Therefore, over the next weeks to months, I am “putting them on ignore” as it were and dismissing everything they say/do as BS.

    If they pass a bullshit law, I will disobey that law mostly out of ignorance. And repeatedly thereafter out of open defiance.

    I cannot live in a society that ignores the foundation of our system and then attempts to enforce their agenda solely on the basis of that system which they ignore.

    Can’t have it both ways. So I choose not to obey them.

  4. proreason says:

    Mr. Gates should read Steve’s posting on eunuchs.

    The Moron has certainly castrated him.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    Gates decrying leaks!? Wow … that is chutzpah write large, baby. Considering his rise in the ranks of power players and the role of ‘leaking’ in that ascendancy. Why, you’d think by now Gates depends on Depends.

    I’ll tell you what ‘leaked’ and has his panties in a knot … Fort Hood damn sure is a strange and unsightly mess in the details. ‘Cause it don’ add up, bubba …

    A retired MP, Michael Martinez also said: “No way! That would be impossible. Even if he had two semi-auto pistols [according to early reports he used a 9mm and a .357 revolver to gun down over 40 people] he would still have had to stop to reload and someone would have jumped his ass. Most people on base aren’t carrying [weapons], but MPs are and they would have been there in a heartbeat.”

    SFC Donald Buswell said, “I spent 10 years at Ft Hood. There is no way this ‘official’ story is legitimate. No way would a room full of combat vets allow this one shooter to get off over 100 rounds! And, it is not normal for the outside security guards to be there. They are at the MP station, and at the main gates. This means the room full of soldiers processing must have been pinned down; multiple shooters is the only plausible scenario. This sounds like Maj. Hasan has been used, and perhaps is a patsy.”

    Nov. 5, 2009: Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, the commander of III Corps, said that at least one gunman opened fire at the base’s Soldiers Readiness Processing Center where soldiers were receiving medical and dental exams prior to deployment. The gunman’s fire was returned (Cone did not say by whom) and the gunman was killed. “The shooter was killed. He was a soldier. We since then have apprehended two additional soldiers who are suspects, and I would go into the point that there were eyewitness accounts that there may have been more than one shooter.”

    Nov. 5, 2009: CNN reports that a senior officer who was playing golf near Fort Hood, Texas, told CNN he witnessed the arrest of one of the two surviving suspects of the shooting at the Army installation. After being told by MPs to clear the area, he ducked into a nearby house for cover as 30 to 40 cars carrying more MPs approached. He said he saw a soldier in battle-dress uniform, his hands in the air. The MPs ordered him to lie on the ground and open his uniform, presumably to ensure he was not carrying explosives, the senior officer said. He said an MP told him that authorities considered the man to be a suspect in the shootings after having overheard the man say he was with the shooter. The man was surrounded for 25 to 30 minutes, until a convoy of vehicles arrived, led by a Ford Crown Victoria and carrying men in suits, and he was taken away, the senior officer said.

    etc etc

    Read the whole thing … sounds A LOT like Mena, Columbine, TWA 800 and OKC rolled together …


  6. Chuckk says:

    “Then he concluded, “Everybody ought to just shut up.” …”

    Including himself.

  7. canary says:

    Obama & Gates: “Everybody ought to just shut up.”

  8. proreason says:

    Gates should be fired along with Casey and 90% of administration, including the Moron.

    This is FAR different than 9/11. 9/11 could have been stopped, but most people in the country were not able at the time to conceptualize that it could really happen, and almost any action could easily have been considered an over-reactiion. I don’t perasonally agree with that, but it’s hard to dispute that the country just wasn’t there yet.

    Ft Hood could have and SHOULD HAVE been stopped at dozens of points along the path to the massacre.

    In Tailhook, 14 generals were fired. This is 1,000 times 1,000 times worse.

    Anybody want to bet whether anybody will be fired?

    If somebody is, it will be a low-level sacrificial lamb.

    This should be the smoking gun for the Fascists. They will fight and claw like caged animals to persuade the country that they are as innocent as baby lambs.

    Of course, if they ever is an uprising about it, Gates, Casey, and every general who has ever served will be sacrified in a blood-letting like the country has never seen. It will be positioned as the Moron, ‘getting tough’.

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