December 2, 2020 | Foreign Podicy

The Powers that Should Be

December 2, 2020 Foreign Podicy

The Powers that Should Be


Robert Gates served as secretary of defense under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He also has served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and he was a member of the National Security Council in four administrations. In all, he worked for eight presidents of both political parties. And he served in uniform, in the US Air Force, something we at Foreign Podicy consider always worthy of note and praise. He’s written a new book: Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World.

Eric Edelman has served in senior positions in the both the State and Defense Departments. He was the US ambassador to Finland and Turkey in the Clinton and Bush administrations. He retired from the Foreign Service as a career minister. He’s now a senior advisor for FDD.

Both join host Cliff May to discuss a range of national security and defense issues.

Then-U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (L) and President Barack Obama salute during the presentation of the colors during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute to Gates where he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on the River Parade Field at the Pentagon on June 30, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. (Getty Images)


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