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New Boy Scout leader Robert Gates won’t push to end ban on gay adult membership

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday he would not press during his term as Boy Scouts of America president for an end to the group’s ban on gay adult leaders for fear of causing permanent damage to the century old organization. Gates, who helped end the “Don’t Ask,…

U.S. prevented South Korean retaliatory air strike on North in 2010, claims Robert Gates

South Korea declined to comment Wednesday on revelations that the United States talked it down from launching a retaliatory air strike on North Korea in 2010. The claims were made in the newly published memoir of former US defense secretary Robert Gates……

NATO shortcomings ‘could jeopardise Libya mission’

BRUSSELS (AFP) – US Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned on Friday that military shortcomings among NATO members could jeopardise the alliance’s air war in Libya. With half of the countries in the 28-member alliance not participating in the Libya campaign, Gates said it reflected a worrisome lack of military assets.…

Obama wants $400 billion in defense cuts by 2023

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for cutting defense spending by $400 billion over 10 years as part of a deficit reduction plan. Wading into difficult political terrain, Obama’s proposal calls for “deeper reductions in security spending,” according to a White House statement providing details of the…

US lawmakers close to passing huge spending cuts

WASHINGTON – The US House of Representatives was on track to approve slashing 61 billion dollars in government spending in a measure that makes deep cuts to global US aid in the name of austerity. Lawmakers in the Republican-led chamber have been at work since Tuesday on a spending bill…

Prospects for Closing Gitmo ‘very, very low’: Gates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday that prospects for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp were “very, very low” given broad opposition in Congress. President Barack Obama has so far not been able to meet his promise to close Guantanamo, but the White House said this…

Obama administration expanding use of Guantánamo Bay: report

Forget closing Guantánamo Bay — President Barack Obama has reportedly green-lighted a plan to begin charges against new detainees at the controversial off-shore prison for the first time under his administration. “The Obama administration is preparing to increase the use of military commissions to prosecute Guantánamo detainees, an acknowledgment that…

Gates: Repeal ‘don’t ask’ before GOP takes House

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Congress should act quickly, before new members take their seats, to repeal the military’s ban on gays serving openly in the military. He, however, did not sound optimistic that the current Congress would use a brief post-election session to get rid of the law…

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