Dempsey to Retired Generals: Shut Up When it Comes to Politics

Like former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, does not like it when he sees retired generals making political statements. Dempsey’s view: If you are a retired officer and want to run for political office, go for it. If not, keep your mouth closed. “If you want to get out…

The 2011 HAC-D Hearing That Pushed Gates Over the Edge

A March 2011 fight with Congress over war funding confirmed to then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates that his decision to retire three months later was indeed the right one, he said in his new book. Gates recalled the contentious March 2, 2011, House Appropriations defense subcommittee (HAC-D) hearing in “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.” At…

Which Defense Officials, Lawmakers Made New Washington Tell-All Book?

Washington loves a tell-all book. Washington also loves a book that “exposes” all the things about Washington that everyone (allegedly) finds distasteful. One of those distasteful things is the so-called “Washington read,” the practice of allegedly egotistical, self-centered D.C.-types who immediately flip to the index to find out if they’re in the tell-all. Journalist and…

David Petraeus Gets His Mea Culpa On, Kicks Off Comeback Tour

[HTML1] Well, that didn’t take long. David Petraeus, the revered soldier-scholar who became CIA director before stepping down due to an extramarital affair, is embarking on a new path that is quintessentially American: The comeback tour. Speaking to what appears a friendly audience at an annual University of Southern California event honoring members of the military, Petraeus went all…

Could Disclosure of Classified Info DQ Pentagon Intel Chief in CIA Director Race?

Could a little too much cooperation (allegedly) with filmmakers torpedo a senior Pentagon official’s nomination to become the first CIA chief in the post-David Petraeus era? The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says he is “quite troubled” by the possibility of a federal probe into the possible disclosure of classified information by the…