Who is Robert Gates?
On tomorrow's radio show, we'll find out more about Robert Gates, the man who's replacing Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense.
Tune in from 10:00-11:00 am PST on 91.7 FM in San Francisco or online.
Guests: William Arkin, journalist and author of more than ten books on military affairs, and Mel Goodman, CIA analyst from 1966 to 1990.
This is from Mel Goodman's latest article, "Wrong Man to Replace Rumsfeld"
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld's resignation has unloaded a great deal of unwelcome baggage for the Bush administration, but the nomination of Robert M. Gates is unlikely to help resolve the disastrous war in Iraq or the uniformed military's opposition to the civilian leadership at the Pentagon. Unlike successful secretaries of defense in the recent past, Mr. Gates lacks essential experience in military and industrial affairs and has had serious problems with the congressional confirmation process.