Wonder What Bob Gates Will Get for a Farewell?


Via FrumForum, I ran across a surreal Bundeshwehr performance of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” as the send off for recently resigned German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.
I’m speechless. Well, nearly.
Center for a New American Security President John Nagl became famous in part for telling audiences that the Pentagon had more musicians in its employ than the US government had foreign service personnel in the State Department (and his fame got a nice nudge from being one of General David Petraeus’ star proteges as well).
One only wonders what kind of send off Defense Secretary Bob Gates might get given the possibilities.
— Steve Clemons


14 comments on “Wonder What Bob Gates Will Get for a Farewell?

  1. yoyo says:

    Today, I went to beach with my kids. I found a shell and gave it to my 4-year-old daughter, said: “You can hear the sea, if you give it to your ears. “She put her ear and screaming shell. A hermit crab, it pinched the inside of her ears. She did not want to go back! LOL I know this is completely off topic, but I had to tell someone!


  2. Cee says:

    Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said a no-fly zone is now essential
    When does his ass get in a plane over Libya? Does he have any children who can serve?
    Sickos is right.
    Gates doesn’t get the Gino Vanelli song now.


  3. Sand says:

    Cee: “…How much are the current regimes asking for?…”
    Yes, it stinks. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed that obviously Gates has been reigned in. Look at the contrast between earlier comments and now (also referencing your comment).
    — Gates says U.S. military could enforce a no-fly zone in Libya if Obama ordered one
    Washington Post ~ March 12, 2011
    “…Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Saturday that the U.S. military, already fighting two wars in Muslim nations, would have no trouble enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya if President Obama orders one.
    The comments appeared designed to counter the criticism surrounding his earlier remarks on the issue and came as the Arab League endorsed a no-fly zone to protect Libya’s civilians from forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi.
    Gates indicated earlier this month that the creation of a no-fly zone would be a “big operation.” [Note: minus the mention in a “Big Country”!]
    [Oh, and the WaPo had to have the neocons put in their 2 cents — just itching for a fight:]
    …Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said a no-fly zone is now essential to help topple Gaddafi, who if allowed to hold on to power would be likely to return as a threat to U.S. interests by again sponsoring terrorism.
    “If Gaddafi is able to reassert power, it is not as if we are going to be able to go back to the status quo. He is going to cast aside any moderation,” Rubin said. “We might have a reversion back to the instability and terrorism of the 1980s.”


  4. Cee says:

    Thanks for the rest of the story. No. We can’t afford another war.
    I recall being interviewed for a local television news report before the first Gulf War and asking who was bribed and how much for the the support. It became clear later.
    How much are the current regimes asking for?


  5. Sand says:

    Cee, there was more to the story:
    I.H.T. Op-Ed Contributor
    No-Fly Zone? No. by H.D.S. GREENWAY
    Published: March 8, 2011
    “…The case for caution was put forth by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who told Congress that ***a no-fly zone is, after all, an act of war.***


  6. Cee says:

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Saturday the US military and other allies could impose a no-fly zone on Libya but it remains unclear if it would be a “wise” move.
    Since he also made the comment about not sending more soldiers into the ME, Africa or Asia perhaps this could be his song.
    Gino Vanelli
    Brother to brother
    Now we must join our hearts and hands
    Yeah, if we love one another
    We hold the key to the promised land
    Think of all that we’ve been through
    The shucks and jives and royal blues
    Let us pray our time will come
    When this world will live as one
    Brother to brother
    Now don’t let the devil get you down
    Oh ’cause it’s bread and it’s butter
    That makes this whole damn world
    Go round and round
    Do you know where we went wrong
    Tell me why the lines are drawn?
    And let us break our bound’ries down
    And live our lives on common ground
    Oh mothers and fathers
    Where will tomorrow’s children be?
    Oh brother, my brother
    Let us live our lives in peace
    Brother to brother
    Brother to Brother


  7. rc says:

    More like echos of Nuremberg!
    Old Adolf may not have gone for the lame music, but, apart from Sergeant Schultz on the trombone, the fire sticks make for a nice Teutonic (K)night out.


  8. Don Bacon says:

    Thanks again, JohnH. Robert Gates has not proposed cutting one dime from any corporate welfare budget he’s presided over, a military budget exceeding the rest of the world combined, as a result of which the U.S. has experienced its largest monthly deficit ever — $222B in February.
    How much is a billion? A billion minutes ago, Jesus was alive. $222B — almost $8B per day in the hole, last month. Thank you, Bob.


  9. Don Bacon says:

    Good one, JohnH. Senator William Proxmire. Wisconson. When the US Senate roster included people with a conscious.


  10. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Oh hell, he’ll get what ALL retirees get for presiding over a clusterfuck….
    1)A huge speaking fee.
    2)A job being the resident media “expert” in his “field”, for whichever corporate media entity bids the highest number. (Which of course will determine which direction his “expert observations” will be spun.)
    3)A honorary position in one of the myriad of “think tanks” that thinks that presiding over a clusterfuck qualifies you as a valuable “thinker”.
    4)A membership card, (with an obscene compensation package), in any number of defense lobbying firms, so he can use his connections to fuck us out of our tax dollars by channeling it to some arms whore like Dianne Feinstien, who, (in league with her sugar daddy hubby), never saw an implement of death they couldn’t turn into cold hard cash.


  11. JohnH says:

    If William Proxmire were still alive, Gates would receive a lifetime “Golden Fleece” award for presiding over “defense” contractors’ gigantic rip off of taxpayers, a heist of historic proportions second only to what Hank Paulson pulled off.
    The award ceremony should be accompanied by music from “The Sting.”


  12. Dan Kervick says:

    Apparently Guttenberg himself requested “Smoke on the Water.”


  13. Don Bacon says:

    I think SecDef Gates should get an Oscar for his recent performance in Sangin, Afghanistan, where the Marine regiment he visited has suffered more casualties than any other US unit in Afghanistan, 29 Marines killed and 150 wounded, in a relatively short time.
    Here’s Gates in Sangin, March 8th: “Alongside your Afghan brothers, you’ve written a new chapter in the Marine Corps roll of honor with your sweat and with your blood. Against the toughest odds and the most difficult terrain, alongside the legends of Guadalcanal, the Chosin River — Reservoir and Belleau Wood will forever be added in Marine Corps history the legend of Sangin.”
    Well, perhaps “a new chapter” is a bit strong.


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