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Robert Gates Overwhelimingly Confirmed as New Defense Secretary

It was 95 - 2, with the two no votes being from Republican Senators Santorum (PA) and Bunning (KY).

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly confirmed Robert Gates as the next defense secretary, replacing Donald Rumsfeld, an architect of the increasingly unpopular Iraq war.


The Senate voted 95-2 to approve President George W. Bush's nominee only 24 hours after Gates won the unanimous endorsement of the Armed Services Committee -- and just as a long-awaited bipartisan report arrived, urging more diplomacy and fewer U.S. troops in Iraq.

Only Republicans Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Jim Bunning of Kentucky voted against Gates.

Senators from both parties praised the ex-CIA chief's candor; Gates had told them bluntly the United States was not winning the war in Iraq.

"Dr. Gates spoke with candor -- a candor that has been sorely missing from the Department of Defense under this administration," said Sen. Edward Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat. "He recognized the high price that our troops are paying for the current policy."

So, according to the Senate, criticizing the war in Iraq and announcing that we are not winning appear to be the only job requirements to be Secretary of Defense.


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Comments (20)

So, according to the Sen... (Below threshold)
mantis:

So, according to the Senate, criticizing the war in Iraq and announcing that we are not winning appear to be the only job requirements to be Secretary of Defense.

Actually there's only one requirement: not being Rumsfeld.

And the requirement for bei... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

And the requirement for being a Senator from Massachusetts? Strong liver and access to car keys./

Jeff, LOL.... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Jeff, LOL.

"So, according to the Se... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"So, according to the Senate, criticizing the war in Iraq and announcing that we are not winning appear to be the only job requirements to be Secretary of Defense."

Your forgot the link or quote that shows that, in this case as in many others, the part of your post that YOU actually write is anything more than made-up crap, Kim.

Well, Lee, I don't have a l... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Well, Lee, I don't have a link for you but Gates did advocate initiating a bombing campaign in Nicaragua where the Sandinista govrnment was popularly elected. His testimony about when he knew of the Iran-Conta deal was dubious. I am sure if he had not deferentially told the Senate Committee exactly what they wanted to hear they would have quickly revisited those issues.

Bush should have put up Joh... (Below threshold)
Headzero:

Bush should have put up John Bolton - that would have caused the Democrats to nearly implode.

Yea yea ok, anyone but Rumsfeld - What, who? Oh crap - Nancy, Nancy what do we do?

Your forgot the link or ... (Below threshold)
IllTemperedCur:

Your forgot the link or quote that shows that, in this case as in many others, the part of your post that YOU actually write is anything more than made-up crap, Kim.

Made up crap? Please don't tell me that Kim's auditioning for a post at AP....

So once again Poppy Bush ha... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

So once again Poppy Bush has to bring in the elders to bail baby Bush out of the fire.

It's a "crying" shame that Poppy is using Gates and Baker to try and clean up the mess he sees his son has made of the presidency.

Another failed business, another rescue needed since baby Bush can't do anything right.

Iraqi's had lived without electricity part of the time but now its more often off than on. Bombs exploding everywhere. Iraqi oil revenue down. At least 3 million living outside the country.

Oh yes, George, Poppy is sending in Bobby Gates to try and clean your diapers. Uncle Jim will see what he can do to set the timetable for withdrawl and baby Bush can go back to cutting brush. Poor Laura, what a dumb one she picked.

Today, ten American troops died.

Fooolish Americans........

So, according to the Sen... (Below threshold)
Brian:

So, according to the Senate, criticizing the war in Iraq and announcing that we are not winning appear to be the only job requirements to be Secretary of Defense.

Well, not the only ones. But I would say that yes, rationality and truthfulness are probably two of the more important job requirements.

Gee, I guess the confirmati... (Below threshold)

Gee, I guess the confirmation process isn't as "broken" as the whining Tony Snow tearfully complained after Bolton withdrew.

And this vote is further proof that Jim Bunning is completely insane.

Only Republicans Rick Sa... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Only Republicans Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Jim Bunning of Kentucky voted against Gates.

Those obstructionists! They obviously want the terrorists to win! Why do they hate America?

Bush should have put up ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Bush should have put up John Bolton - that would have caused the Democrats to nearly implode.

*yawn*

You forget, the Dems are the majority. They can vote down anyone they want without working up a sweat.

But you're right, it would have been enjoyable seeing Bush do something so desperate and insane as what you suggest.

I love watching Brian make ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

I love watching Brian make a fool out of himself.

I love watching Bush make f... (Below threshold)
Lee:

I love watching Bush make fools of the conservative right-wing nutcakes....

Brian -- Bush does indeed seem to be extremely willing to dance to the Democrat's tune. Look at how quickly he dumped Rumsfeld and Bolton. Who's next?

Hey "pucker puss" (lee lee)... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Hey "pucker puss" (lee lee) he did not dump Bolton--the asskissing (your pucker buddies) demos block the vote because they are nothing more then UN ass smoochers. Have you heard of the word VETO? Stick around p'p' and watch Nancey Peloser get her face lifted even higher.

I love watching Brian ma... (Below threshold)
Brian:

I love watching Brian make a fool out of himself.

And I love when the left has the facts on our side, and the right has nowhere to go but to employ desperate personal attacks. I'm eager to see where you go next. Gonna make fun of my momma?

the asskissing (your puc... (Below threshold)
Brian:

the asskissing (your pucker buddies) demos block the vote

I must have missed the secret swearing in ceremony of the new Congress, followed by the secret vote on Bolton. However, I was aware of the side-stepping recess appointment, due to the lack of Republican support for Bolton.

Brian,The Dems don... (Below threshold)
merc:

Brian,

The Dems don't have a majority until confirmation day in January 2007. So, technically they can't "vote down anyone they want without breaking a sweat" yet.

That's probably why Jo basically stated you were making a fool out of yourself. Not the most politic thing to say, of course. But rarely are manners politic when politics or religion are involved.

So, technically they can... (Below threshold)
Brian:

So, technically they can't "vote down anyone they want without breaking a sweat" yet.

Who said "yet"? There isn't even a vote "yet". But when the vote would be, the Dems will have been sworn in by then.

That's probably why Jo basically stated you were making a fool out of yourself.

Nope. Don't see it.

The Dems don't have a majority until confirmation day in January 2007.

That's true. I suggest you save this reminder for those on the right who are falling over themselves blaming Dems for the current mess.

Brian did anyone ever tell ... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Brian did anyone ever tell you that you are dumber then dirt? (sorry dirt) (I better go to bed now because I probably will not to able to withstand brian-less's response)




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