Thanks Bob!

I want to thank Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who, last Friday, in a farewell address to West Point cadets (he will leave office at the end of the year), went down as never before on his predecessor and, implicitly, on his former boss at the White House. In Gates’s opinion, “any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined,’ as General MacArthur so delicately put it.” Thanks Bob, that was long overdue. Moreover, the tirade may well have been the clearest signal so far of the Obama Administration’s intentions as to the current situation in Libya as well as possible similar ones in the near future. Besides quoting MacArthur and ridiculing Rumsfled, Gates was acknowledging an obvious, if scarcely discussed, present reality. The United States simply does not have the means to open another front at the crumbling borders of its declining empire. Thanks again!

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