Correction: Gates is a civilian, (as were Rumsfeld, Cheney) - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • richjohnson
    • 27.03.11 | 14:28 (IST)

    Civilian control of the military is a fundamental tenet of American democracy. One cannot even be appointed Defense Secretary if he has been in active duty as a commissioned officer in the prior seven years. Nor does Gates wear a uniform now. Gates's observations about hawkish civilians presumably was meant to apply above all to the Defense Secretary in the 1991 Gulf War--the subject of the memoir--Dick Cheney, For the record, former Secretary Rumsfeld is a former Navy aviator. In Afghanistan, there was no military resistance to going in after 9/11. In Iraq, the main push came from the Pentagon, and was resisted by the State Department; military leaders who had urged caution miraculously became hawks virtually overnight, as Bob Woodward and others have reported. Former Fighter Pilot George H. W. Bush (and Dick Cheney) attacked Somalia stuck the U.S. in Somalia. In contrast, Clinton actually belatedly initiate limited military means to stop slaughter by proven Serb genocidaires. Amir Oren may be an excellent analyst. But this column is characteristic of a condescending tone in his and other Israelis' columns. The insinuation is that Obama really isn't sharp enough to understand how the world works. Whereas Libya is a good example of how he's shown himself much more agile than most recent Israeli leaders when faced with tough choices.

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    First published 01:17 27.03.11 | Last updated 01:17 27.03.11
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