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Giving Russia No Respect
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The more I hear SecDef Robert Gates, the better I like him. But the following came as a bit of a humorous surprise today.

Gates was on the hill answering questions from Congress when he was asked about the recent visits to Venezuela by the Russian navy. His response is a classic:
"In fact if it hadn't been for the events in Georgia in August, I probably would've tried to persuade the president to invite the Russian ships pay a port call in Miami because I think they would've had a lot better time than they did in Caracas," he said.

"But basically I think at 40-dollar (per barrel) oil, the Russian navy does not bother me very much," Gates added.

"It's important for us to keep perspective about their capabilities," he said.

"When they complained about our escorting their Blackjack bombers to Venezuela, I wanted to say that we just wanted to be along there for search and rescue if they needed it."
Heh ... bravo Mr. Secretary.

[HT: Blackfive]
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Was this press conference at the Laugh Factory or what?
Written By: Ronnie Gipper
Gates is a sell-out, plain and simple.

The Dems are smart. When Bush took office in 2001, the Dems sent an order to everyone: if Bush approaches you to join his cabinet, you say NO! Unless you want to be forever remembered as a turncoat!

So no matter how many times Bush said he wanted a Dem in his cabinet, everyone he approached turned him down. Except decrepit old Norman Mineta, who was so stupid you could tell him that he was being traded to the Yankees for chewing gun and a teddy bear to be named later.

So, what did the GOP do to Obama? Nothing, because he found two dolts, Robert Gates and Ray LaHood, to serve in his cabinet. Now when Afghanistan goes kablooie and/or Iraq starts to get messy, The Clown™ can say, "Hey - blame it on Bush’s guy, not me!" And he can blame any transportation troubles "on that Republican schmuck from Indiana," LaHood.

And, like good little suckers, these two went along with it. And they will get it in the end, because The Clown™ looks out for himself and throws those overboard who get in his way. Just ask Ayers and Wright and every other "friend" the imbecilic little pr!ck had at one time or another.
Written By: James Marsden
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Just ask Ayers and Wright and every other "friend" the imbecilic little pr!ck had at one time or another.
One could only hope that relationships between the Executive and Secretarial positions are based on just about anything other friendship. Except, maybe, blackmail.

Throwing friends under the Presidential Escalade is bad but Cabinet Secretaries, not so bad. It’s a lot better than when they die in plane crashes.
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