George W. Bush has given us the single worst imaginable Defense Secretary pick, with the possible exceptions of John Murtha and Jane Fonda. Jack Wheeler has the inside scoop on this retread from Bush 41’s time and why we need to send him packing (more on that part shortly).

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It’s Sinatra Time

Robert Gates Must Be Rejected As Secretary of Defense

by Jack Wheeler
November 10, 2006

Is it time to throw all the newspapers in the trash, turn off the TV news, sign off blogsites, pour yourself three fingers of Famous Grouse Scotch neat, settle in your easy chair, and listen to your favorite Frank Sinatra CD while forgetting the rest of the world exists?

Yes – it is time to do just that.  Just listen to FS and not the feedback loop of the words “Speaker Pelosi” reverberating in your brain.  Then pay close attention to the lyrics as Sinatra sings That’s Life:

That’s life, that’s what all the people say.
You’re riding high in April,
Shot down in May
But I know I’m gonna change that tune,
When I’m back on top, back on top in June.

I said that’s life, and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks,
Stompin’ on a dream
But I don’t let it, let it get me down,
‘Cause this fine ol’ world it keeps spinning around

I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,
A poet, a pawn and a king.
I’ve been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing:
Each time I find myself, flat on my face,
I pick myself up and get back in the race.

Yes, it is Sinatra Time – meaning, take a while to feel like garbage over Americans electing people who hate their country to run Capitol Hill, then pick yourself up and get back in the race.

Yes, this is not going to be easy.  I lived through the old joke this morning – waking up at dawn to survey the wreckage of yesterday, telling myself to cheer up as things could be worse.  So I cheered up and sure enough, things got disastrously worse when Bush threw Rummy to the wolves of the left – and announced the worst possible replacement.

Bobby Gates’ nickname at the CIA was The Little Prick.  He is a pompous, incompetent, squishy witless fool.  He is the total tool of the Jimmy Baker-Brent Scowcroft crowd that so horribly ran foreign affairs for GW’s daddy.  To put such a man in charge of the Pentagon – the one bastion of pro-Americanism remaining in our foreign policy establishment – is an unmitigated catastrophe.

Bush’s only chance to rescue his presidency is to fight the left – and he has capitulated to them, already, within hours!

Which means the conservative movement is about to turn on the son as it did upon the father – for the son has morphed into his father.  But it better be smart about how it does so, or else it will drive Bush further into being a Dhimmi to the Democrats.

Conservatives have got to force Bush to understand that his war in Iraq is unpopular not because he is waging it but because he is not winning it.  Americans don’t like to lose to their enemies.  Turning the Pentagon over to The Little Prick guarantees the war will be lost and Iran-Syria will win.

Thus every effort must be made to get the Senate to reject Gates’ nomination.

This has got to be the first battle cry of the Right – and must be followed by many others:   The demand that we win, that we cease negotiations with Iran, destabilize it instead, and do the same with Syria.

Conservatives can get back in the race by blocking this awful nomination.  They did it with Harriet Miers, it can be done with Little Bobby.  Then they can race for a decent Secretary of Defense, a nomination that would enable us to win in Iraq, a nomination that would drive the Defeatocrats crazy.

Thus you’ll soon see conservatives demand that Bush withdraw the Gates nomination, replacing it with that of… Rick Santorum.


— Dr. Jack Wheeler is editor-in-chief of To The Point News and is widely credited as the architect of the Reagan Doctrine.