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April 11, 2014

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Jewish World Review Nov. 29, 2007 19 Kislev 5768

Gates offers a better idea

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | 'Tis the season for speech-making, from the presidential candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire to the predictable platitudes about the Mideast yesterday at Annapolis. Yet of all the words in all the languages, the most important and intriguing things said about peace recently came not from a politician, but from our military leader.


Robert Gates, our secretary of defense, drew on the lessons of history to look in the face of the frightening level of global disorder. His prescription is a new national security approach that emphasizes a permanent mix of civilian and military power. It is by far a more thoughtful and realistic idea than any we have heard from the man in the White House or those who want to succeed him.


"The real challenges we have seen emerge since the end of the Cold War — from Somalia to the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere - make clear we in defense need to change our priorities to be better able to deal with the prevalence of what is called "asymmetric warfare," Gates said in a little-noticed speech Monday at Kansas State University. "These conflicts will be fundamentally political in nature, and require the application of all elements of national power. Success will be less a matter of imposing one's will and more a function of shaping behavior — of friends, adversaries and, most importantly, the people in-between."


At a time when the nation is maddeningly divided between Democrats who advocate only butter and Republicans only guns, Gates rejected an either-or approach, saying: "Arguably the most important military component in the war on terror is not the fighting we do ourselves, but how well we enable and empower our partners to defend and govern themselves. The standing up and mentoring of indigenous army and police — once the province of Special Forces — is now a key mission for the military as a whole."

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Calling for all parts of our government to share the burden, he warned that we are already paying the price for a one-dimensional approach. "It is just plain embarrassing that Al Qaeda is better at communicating its message on the Internet than America. As one foreign diplomat asked a couple of years ago, 'How has one man in a cave managed to out-communicate the world's greatest communication society?'"


Gates gets the irony — a former head of the CIA and now the military boss arguing for an expansion of "soft power." Yet, in his speech, which you can read on the Defense Department Web site, he did just that in remarkably forceful terms. "We must focus our energies beyond the guns and steel of the military, beyond just our brave soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen," he said. "We must also focus our energies on the other elements of national power that will be so crucial in the coming years," including agriculture, diplomacy and economic development.


The idea of new institutions for a new world, including a big increase in the foreign service budget, has instant credibility coming from Gates. He was not the architect of the war in Iraq or even the surge that is bringing down the levels of horrific violence, though he is in charge of carrying it out. Rather, he was the late-inning substitute for Donald Rumsfeld and the failed strategy of President Bush's team. Through his service on the Iraq Study Group and his impressive, nonpartisan performance at Defense, Gates is emerging as the closest thing America has to a wise statesman-soldier.


And his timing couldn't be better. Coming as the presidential primaries are finally within sight, Gates has given voters ideas they're not hearing on the campaign. And he has given candidates the political cover to move beyond the binary arguments about Iraq as peace-at-any-price or endless war.


Whether any of the candidates are brave enough to voluntarily seize the moment is up to them. Whether we demand that they do is up to the rest of us.

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