How U.S. Defense Secretary Gates Prevented a War with Iran

  • tokugawa

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    Jun 30, 2011 7:01 PM GMT
    Special To The Tampa Tribune
    BY IDO OREN
    Published: June 26, 2011

    Although the Arab Spring has recently drowned out the drumbeat calling for a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, we should remember that, not long ago, this drumbeat was so loud that many observers considered such a strike imminent. As Washington commentator Steven Clemons put it in 2007, "An irrepressible and perhaps irresponsible certainty that America will attack Iran now dominates commentary across the political spectrum."

    This scenario failed to materialize because the political forces pushing for active consideration of the military option —Vice President Dick Cheney's camp in the George W. Bush White House, hawkish pundits, key congressional leaders and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee — have been outmaneuvered by an informal antiwar coalition that included the Pentagon, the military's top brass, the intelligence community and the Department of State.

    This coalition was ably led by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who is stepping down from his post at the end of the month. If one person were to receive the top credit for preventing an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, it would be Gates.

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    Jun 30, 2011 7:33 PM GMT
    Wow, I always liked Gates as a kind of low-key responsibe person in a high-profile job, but never realized his importance in kepping us from yet another war.
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    Jun 30, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    Robert Gates is an immensely honorable and competent man.
    He's one of a very very rare species of Repubs: a Repub who actually puts "Country First".

  • creature

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    Jul 01, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    Dick Cheney wanted to go to war with Iran? I am so shocked. That sweet old man who shot his friend? I just don't believe it.
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    Jul 01, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    Sweet old man??? Who Cheney?
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    Jul 01, 2011 3:06 AM GMT
    Turin saidSweet old man??? Who Cheney?


    You didn't know they replaced his blood with syrup? He's very lickable now.
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    Jul 01, 2011 9:37 AM GMT
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