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Robert Gates Promises 'Fresh Eyes' at the Pentagon

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At his Senate confirmation hearing today to replace Donald Rumsfeld, former CIA Director Robert Gates was asked a crucial question by Democrat Carl Levin of Michigan, whether America was winning the war in Iraq. Answering "no," he said there will be no easy answers if he's confirmed as Secretary of Defense. It's expected that Gates will be confirmed, but he's still controversial. Does he have the background to run the world's most sophisticated military establishment? Will he "speak truth to power," or tell the President what he wants to hear?

Credits

Guests:
Lawrence Korb - Center for American Progress Action Fund - @LarryKorb, Melvin A. Goodman - Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy, Randy Scheuneman - Foreign policy and national security analyst, Jonathan Broder - Newsweek - @Newsweek

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Vanessa Romo, Dan Konecky, Karen Radziner