Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Robby Gates

Absolutely everything it is important to know about the President’s candidate to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense. Thanks Wikipedia.

Robert Gates is from Wichita, Kansas.

He was an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

He received a Bachelor’s Degree from The College of William & Mary(!!)

While obtaining his Master’s Degree from Indiana University, he was recruited to join the CIA.

In 1987, he was nominated to become the Director of Central Intelligence but the nomination was withdrawn after it became clear he would not be confirmed by the Senate.


His senior status in the CIA made it extremely possible that Gates was either involved with the Iran-Contra scandal or at the very least “knew many figures that played significant roles in the Iran/contra affair and was in a position to have known of their activities”

In 1991, after all of that nonsense had blown over, Gates was again nominated to be the head of Central Intelligence under George H. W. Bush and was approved.

He is the only person in the history of the CIA to rise from an entry-level position to Director.

He served in this position for two years.

Afterwards, he published a book of memoirs about the Cold War, served on the board of trustees at Fidelity Investments, on the board of directors at NACCO industries Inc, Brinker International Inc, and Parker Drilling Company. (I wonder what they do.)

He also served as the President of the National Eagle Scout Association. (Aww.)

Before accepting the nomination for Secretary of Defense, Baker was the President of Texas A & M University.

(An aside that has nothing to do with this dude - Don't be fooled by the previews for the upcoming movie about Robert F. Kennedy called "Bobby". It was directed by Emilio Esteves. Now, I don't want to disparage the other film making attempts by the Latin son of Martin Sheen, so I will just name them. "Rated X"; "The War at Home"; "Men at Work"; "Wisdom".)


At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Brett said...

Men at Work is top notch!

At 11:48 PM, Blogger The Awkward Toad said...

I knew somebody was gonna write that

At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Pat said...

Men at Work is a classic. Cheers for Emilio

At 5:14 AM, Anonymous charlie said...

what you got against emilio? get off your high horse you hack


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