Gates calls out Congress

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Washington politicians have "oversized egos and undersized backbones" in a speech, reports Federal Times.

Gates, who retired in June, was speaking at an Atlantic Council event on Tuesday honoring former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft. Gates criticized Congress for its inability to create bipartisan policies, strategies and budgets, citing the need to compromise and find a "moderate center." 

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Mon, Dec 19, 2011

Gates calling Congress ineffective and poor at management is firmly in pot-kettle-black territory. If DoD got their act together and cut out even some of their endemic internal duplication, they could easily absorb a large budget cut with no loss in mission capability. Of course, all the folks in congress who get huge donations from the military-industrial complex would instantly stonewall any attempted DoD reorg. The fatcats want business as usual.

Fri, Dec 16, 2011 sc

To AEL - if Congress is reflecting their voter's attitudes then how is it that their approval rating is at 7%? Please, lets be honest here.

Fri, Dec 16, 2011 Tucson

Candid assessment by a reliable source in the tradition of Adlai Stevenson. Opinion: in the past the first has been tolerated when the second isn't.

Fri, Dec 16, 2011 AEL Arlington VA

Mr. Gates has the viewpoint of a career civil servant, not a career politician. He has yet to learn what politicians know instinctively - few of any of their voters live in Wash DC. Congress reflects the voters' attitudes for better or worse.

Fri, Dec 16, 2011 Noah DC

Way to go Secretary gates

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