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Robert Gates’ tell-all book rattles White House, Congress Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates set off shockwaves in Washington with accounts from his upcoming memoir, in which he unleashes blistering criticism of Congress and his former colleagues in the Obama administration.
He also claims the President lost faith in his own Afghanistan policy. Gates’ comments come in his memoir “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” set to be released this week. The New York Times and the Washington Post, which obtained copies of the book before its release, reported that Gates also questioned the President’s support for the troops’ mission in Iraq. Continued on Page 4.
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Continued from Page 3 According to the New York Times account, Gates writes, “[Obama] eventually lost faith in the troop increase he ordered in Afghanistan, his doubts fed by top White House civilian advisers opposed to the strategy, who continually brought him negative news reports suggesting it was failing.” Gates, a Republican appointee of President George W. Bush who stayed on into Obama’s administration, also writes of a pivotal 2011 meeting in which Obama questions the abilities of Gen. David H. Petraeus. “As I sat there, I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his…For him, it’s all about getting out,” Gates writes. A source familiar with White House thinking on how to respond to what’s
in Gates’ memoir told CNN that White House officials have been in meetings on the issue and were reaching out to allies to defend the President against the claims. The source said they are being careful not to attack Gates directly, thinking that will backfire. Officials believe Obama’s foreign policy legacy is strong because of his Afghanistan policies and the killing of Osama bin Laden, and that Gates’ accusations don’t hurt with the Democratic base. A White House official called attention to two parts of the book that reflect positively on the President. In The Washington Post article, Gates said of Obama’s chief Afghanistan policies, “I believe Obama was right in each of these decisions.” “I never doubted Obama’s support for the troops,” Gates writes. The official, however, did not highlight the rest of the sentence, which says “only his support for their mission.” A former White House official contested the excerpts saying, “I thought the President was a close ally of Gates. It’s disappointing, because if Gates had issues you would’ve expected him to raise them. When I spoke to Gates about the president he was always effusive.” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the President “deeply appreciates Gates’ service” and is open to differing points of view from his national security team.
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“Deliberations over our policy on Afghanistan have been widely reported on over the years, and it is well known that the President has been committed to achieving the mission of disrupting, dismantling and defeating al Qa- Former S ecretary of Defense Rob eda, while a giant ri ert Gates ba sk to nation sically calls al security also ensur- a Secreta Jo in his mem ry at War.” oir “Duty: M e Biden ing that emoirs of we have a clear plan for winding down the war, which will end this year,” Hayden said in response to the comments. A senior U.S. military official involved in some of the events described in the book expressed dismay with Gates, telling CNN that if Gates had been in uniform and felt that the President and his staff were deficient, he would have had an obligation to resign. He noted some may feel Gates also had the same obligation given that he signed orders sending troops off to war. This official was directly involved in Afghanistan troop surge discussions. He was adamant the military command-
ers did not “game” the President on the numbers, but they came to realize Obama felt that way. Republican Sen. Jeff Flake tweeted in response to reports of the memoir, criticizing the timing of the former defense secretary’s comments.
Criticism of Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden
Gates was also critical of Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, recounting a conversation between Obama and Clinton suggesting political motives for their positions on Iraq.
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“Hillary told the president that He said if he had done so, he would her opposition to the  surge in have told Congress, “I may be the secIraq has been political because she retary of defense, but I am also an was facing him in the Iowa primary,” American citizen, and there is no son Gates writes. “The president conced- of a b---- in the world who can talk to ed vaguely that opposition to the Iraq me like that.” surge had been political. To hear the “Members postured and acted as two of them making these admissions, judge, jury and executioner,” he wrote. and in front of me, was as surprising as His hypothesis as to why so many it was dismaying.” members “were in a permanent state The former White House official of outrage:” The members must have responded, “suffered “President from some Obama evalusort of mental He said if he had done so, he would have duress that ated the told Congress, “I may be the secretary of warranted merits of the defense, but I am also an American citizen, confinement surge but his opposition to and there is no son of a b---- in the world or at least it was not potreatment for who can talk to me like that.” litical, rather anger manin line with agement.” his thought that more of the same was Another congressional thorn in not the right path.” Gates’ side brought to light in his opinOf Biden, Gates wrote, “I think he ion editorial is how Congress handled has been wrong on nearly every major deciding which defense instillations foreign policy and national security is- and bases to close during budget tightsue over the past four decades.” ening. Hayden said Obama disagrees with Gates wrote that “any defense facilGates’ assessment of Biden and hailed ity or contract in their district or state, the Vice President as “one of the lead- no matter how superfluous or wasteful, ing statesmen of his time.” was sacrosanct,” even if the member had “stridently attacked the Defense Department as inefficient and wasteCriticism of Congress ful.”
Why he wrote the book— now
Critics of the memoir blasted Gates for publishing the critique in the middle of the Obama’s second term, saying the more appropriate move would have been to wait until after his former boss leaves the White House in 2016. A source close to Gates noted that he’s a historian by nature and wanted to document what went on but didn’t want to wait because he believed the content of his book is all still relevant and should be discussed real time, especially issues of war and the troops. The dysfunction in Washington and the way commanders and generals were treated really upset him, the source added. Gates disagrees that his decision to release the book now is disloyal. In fact, he believes just the opposite and stands by all of it, the source said. As for Gates’ stinging criticism of Congress, the source said Gates had the most disdain for the House Foreign Affairs Committee, though he didn’t give specific names of lawmakers. n
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For as scathing as Gates was in describing the Obama administration, the former defense secretary said none of the difficulties he had with the executive branch “compared with the pain of dealing with Congress,” a body he describes as phony, self-centered and narrow-minded. “Congress is best viewed from a distance — the farther the better — because up close, it is truly ugly,” Gates wrote in a piece in the Wall Street Journal, which was adapted from his book. “I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and prone to put self (and re-election) before country.” Gates opened the piece by writing that in the numerous times he testified before Congress, he found himself “tempted to stand up, slam the briefing book shut and quit on the spot” because of the “rude, insulting, belittling, bullying and all too often highly personal attacks” one has to endure during congressional testimony.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd President of the United States Served from March 4, 1933 to April 12, 1945
It isn’t sufficient just to want - you’ve got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.
— Franklin Roosevelt
John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner 32nd Vice President of the United States Served from March 4, 1933 to Jan. 20, 1941)
• Mass execution of Poles committed by Germans in city of Poznan, Warthegau • Nazis forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains • Benito Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany’s war against France and Britain • Allied troops land in Normandy • Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp • 1940 Olympics are cancelled • German ‘Blitzkrieg’ overwhelms Belgium, Holland and France. Churchill becomes Prime Minister of Britain.
• British Expeditionary Force evacuated from Dunkirk. • British victory in Battle of Britain forces Hitler to postpone invasion plans.
tion Act, requiring all aliens to register • Congress passes first peace time draft bill • 40-hour work week goes into effect • Walt Disney begins serving as an informer for the L.A. office of the FBI; his job is to report back info on Hollywood subversives.
• FCC hears first transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal • U.S. population at 131,669,275 • First black to appear on U.S. stamp is Booker T. Washington • U.S. passes Alien Registra-
• First successful helicopter flight: VoughtSikorsky US-300 • First synthetic rubber tired exhibited • Discovery of element 93, neptunium • Jeep’s “Willys” unveiled
• NFL Pro Bowl: Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7 • First televised hockey game Rangers vs. Canadians • First televised basketball game U. of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37 • Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck, Arturo Godoy and Al McCoy during the year to retain heavyweight boxing title • Stanley Cup: NY Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs 4 games to 2 • First televised baseball game White Sox vs. Cubs exhibition • Jimmy Foxx hits 500th career HR
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• “Gone With The Wind” wins eight Oscars • Hattie McDaniel becomes the first black woman to win an Oscar • McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, Calif. • Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, and Tom & Jerry make their debut • CBS begins broadcasting BORN IN 1940: Above right: Bruce Lee. Above left: Raul Julia, Al Pacino, Martin Sheen, Donna Mills. Honorable Mention: The mighty Chuck Norris.
• Pride and Prejudice • All This, and Heaven Too
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Homeless former colonel’s story illustrates problems facing U.S. vets By Ross Tucker He spent 30 years in the U.S. military, earned three graduate degrees and eventually worked his way to the Pentagon before retiring — but today, former Air Force Col. Robert Freniere, 59, is living out of his van, filling out job applications on public computers in libraries. Freniere’s story stands in stark contrast to common beliefs about unemployed, homeless veterans being made up of former soldiers from the rank-and-file. But an in-depth profile of Freniere by The Philadelphia Inquirer shows that problems affecting veterans don’t discriminate based on chain of command; they go up to the top brass. How could this have happened? The answer is complex and representative of what veterans face when they attempt to re-enter civilian life. After retiring, it took Freniere a year to get a job with a defense contractor. When that work dried up, it was hard to find a civilian job that complemented his background in intelligence. A divorce, the costs of two kids’ college expenses and struggles with dyslexia left Freniere calling his van his home. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, some 58,000
vets face life on the street each day, and “over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness,” the organization says. “Only 7% of the general population can claim veteran status, but nearly 13% of the homeless adult population are veterans.” Unemployment is an even bigger problem. The rate among veterans who have served since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon stands at 10 percent, or 246,000 out of work. For those under
Colonel Bob Freniere doesn’t dress in his Air Force Colonel’s uniform anymore since he is retired but he carries it with him, along with all of his other possessions, now that he is living out of his van. age 25, the rate increases dramatically to 30 percent. But Freniere isn’t giving up. “I’m a military guy. I’m mission-oriented,” he told the Inquirer. “I’ve got
a lot of good experience. I’ve got two beautiful sons. I’ve got a van. I don’t know how long it’s going to hold up, but I’ve got it. I’ve got a lot of things to be thankful for.” n
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NEW U.S. ARMY RIFLE
The MXT135 Counter Defilade Tar- they take cover. The MXT135 appears get Engagement System has a range of to be the perfect weapon for street-toroughly 7,800 feet — and is to be de- street fighting that troops in Afghanployed in Afghanistan soon. I would istan have to engage in, with enemy call it the “Equalizer.” Some call it the fighters hiding behind walls and only “Punisher.” breaking cover to fire occasionally. The rifle’s gun sight uses a laser The weapon’s laser finder would range finder to determine the exact work out how far away the enemy was distance to the obstruction, after which and then the U.S. Soldier would add the soldier can add or subtract up to one meter using a button near the trig10 meters from that distance to enable ger. the bullets to clear the barrier and exWhen fired, the explosive round plode above or beside the target. Sol- would carry exactly one meter past the diers will be able to use them to target wall and explode with the force of a snipers hidden in trenches rather than hand grenade above the Taliban fightcalling in air strikes. er. The 35-millimeter round contains a A patent granted to the bullet’s makchip that receives a radio signal from er, Alliant Tech systems, reveals that the gun sight as to the precise distance the chip can determine how far it has to the target. traveled. Mr. Tamilio Lt. Col. said: “You could Christopher shoot a JaveLehner, lin missile, project and it would managcost about er for $69,000. What one of the revolutionary bullets looks the sysThese like that can be pre-programmed to explode tem, derounds will to hit troops that are hiding. GO USA !!! scribed end up costthe ing $45.00 a weapon piece.” as a ‘game-changer’ that other nations They’re relatively cheap. Lehner will try and copy. added: “This is a game-changer. The enThe Army plans to buy 42,500 of the emy has learned to get cover, for hunMXT135 rifles this year, enough for ev- dreds if not thousands of years. Well, ery member of the infantry and special they can’t do that anymore. forces, at a cost of $11,900.00 each. We’re taking that cover from them Lehner told Fox News: “With this and there’s only two outcomes: We’re weapon system, we take away cover going to get you behind that cover or from [enemy targets] forever. Tactics force you to flee.” are going to have to be rewritten. The The rifle will initially use high-exonly thing we can see [enemies] being plosive rounds, but its makers say that able to do is run away.” it might later use versions with smaller Experts say the rifle means that en- explosive charges that aim to stun rathemy troops will no longer be safe if er than kill. n VACATION
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• Your brother-in-law is your uncle. • Your mother keeps a spit cup on the ironing board. • You’ve ever worn a tube top to a wedding. • Your favorite Christmas present was a painting on black velvet. • You think that Don Perignon is a Mafia leader. • You think that beef jerky and Moon Pies are two of the major food groups. • You’ve ever used a weed eater indoors. • You have a rag for a gas cap • You have to go outside to get something out of the ‘fridge. • Your richest relative invites you over to his new home to help him remove the wheels. • You’ve ever financed a tattoo. • You go to your family reunion to meet women. • Your idea of a seven- course meal is a bucket of KFC and a six-pack. • You have more than two brothers named Bubba or Junior. • You think a Volvo is part of a woman’s anatomy. • You’ve been too drunk to fish. • Your dad is also your favorite uncle • You had to remove a toothpick for wedding pictures.
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If any of these describe you, you’re a redneck! • There is a stuffed possum anywhere in your house. • You consider a six-pack and a bugzapper high-quality fun redneck entertainment. • Fewer than half of your cars run. • Your mother doesn’t remove the Marlboro from her lips before telling the State Trooper to kiss her ass. • You stand under the mistletoe at Christmas and wait for Granny and cousin Sue-Ellen to walk by. • Your wife’s hairdo has ever been ruined by a ceiling fan. • Your mother has been involved in a fistfight at a high school sports event. • Your front porch collapses and more than six dogs are killed.
A man and his wife are doing yard work. Husband says to wife, “Your butt is as wide as the grill.” She ignores
ACROSS 1. Sharpens 6. Norse god 10. Wacky 14. Precise 15. Not a single one 16. Small island 17. Acts as an agent 19. Resorts 20. Results 21. Mesh 22. Flippant 23. Pry 25. Sources of ore 26. A song for 2 30. Anagram of “Rioted” 32. Beguile 35. Impulses 39. Cling 40. Hit the sack 41. Welcome mat 43. Aerial 44. Ethical motive 46. Doe 47. Eagerness 50. Part of the large intestine DOWN 53. Speaker’s platform 1. Not there 54. Estimated time of 2. Beasts of burden arrival 3. Short sleeps 55. Wreck 4. Beige 60. Fog 5. Metal 61. Variation 6. In song, the 63. Ancient Peruvian loneliest number 64. Margarine 7. Put clothing on 65. Days of the month 8. Temporary 66. A covered garden 9. Where a bird lives walk 10. Demoralized 67. No more than 11. Type of poplar 68. Sleighs tree
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12. Emergency signal 13. Exams 18. South southeast 24. Animal doctor 25. Sacred song 26. Deceased 27. Annul 28. Reflected sound 29. Thermoregulator 31. Ripped 33. Knight’s “suit” 34. Close 36. A climbing plant 37. Sea eagle 38. Char
the remark. A little later the husband takes his measuring tape and goes over to his wife while she is bending over working in a flower bed. He measures her rear end and gasps, “Geez, it IS as wide as the grill!” Later that night while in bed her husband starts to feel frisky. She calmly responds, “If you think I’m gonna fire up the grill for one little wiener, you ARE mistaken.”
The price of gas
I went into the Shell gas station this morning and asked for five dollars worth of gas. The clerk farted and gave me a receipt.
One day a construction worker left the job a little early, and when he got home he found his wife in bed with another man. Purple with rage, he hauled the man down the stairs and into the garage where he proceeded to secure his private parts in a vice. Utterly terrified, the man screamed, “Stop, stop! you’re not going to cut it off, are you? ARE YOU?” “Nope,” replied the construction worker, “You are...I’m going to set the garage on fire.”
There are four kinds of sex
HOUSE SEX - When you are newly married and have sex all over the house in every room. BEDROOM SEX - After you have been married for a while, you only have sex in the bedroom. HALL SEX - After you’ve been mar-
42. Feeling 43. American Sign Language 45. Layabout 47. Blend 48. Drizzly 49. Platters 51. Lyric poem 52. Geeks 54. Anagram of “Dome” 56. Genuine 57. Initial wager 58. Frozen 59. Not more 62. Enemy
ried for many, many years you just pass each other in the hall and say “lets go right now “ COURTROOM SEX - When your wife and her lawyer screw you in the divorce court in front of many people for every penny you’ve got.
Everybody can’t be wrong
A man died in a horrible fire. The mortician thought it was George, but the body was so badly burned that somebody would need to make a positive identification. That task fell to George’s two friends, Joe and Al. Joe: “He’s burnt pretty bad, all right. Roll him over.” Joe looked at the dead man’s buttocks and said, “Nope, that ain’t George.” Thinking the incident strange, the mortician straightened up the body and said nothing. He brought in Al. Al: “Wow, he’s burnt to a crisp. Roll him over.” Again, “Nope, that ain’t George.” Mortician: “How can you tell?” Al: “George had two a--holes.” Mortician: “What? How could he have two a--holes?” Al: “Everybody knew George had two a--holes. Whenever the three of us would go into town you’d hear people say, “Here comes George with those two a--holes!”
When does a woman want a man’s company? When he owns it.
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It’s a whale of a good time
Story and photos by Doug Aguillard There was a time, not too long ago, when the only time to go whale watching in San Diego waters was the gray whale migration from December through March. Things have changed in the last two to three years where you can expect to see whales of several different species year round. The food supply in the local seas have changed
and now, anytime you go out on a whale watching boat, you have a great chance of seeing a whale. So far this year, the gray whale migration is seeing record numbers of these large baleen whales heading south, down to the warm water lagoons of Baja California to give birth and mate. They are coming from the Arctic, and in impressive numbers. This is the longest mammal migration known. Also being seen, but not every day are fin whales, the second largest mammal in the world, and the rare Minke Whale. Around May, the largest mammal in the world has recently decided to call the waters off of Southern California home, and that is the blue whale, which can reach lengths of up to 100 feet long. On any given day, the whale watching fleet has seen up to 18 blue whales between Pt. Loma and the Coronado Islands. The acrobatic Humped-backed Whales can occur year round also. When it comes to dolphins, this is where it gets really exciting, especially
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