Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2006 17:32:44 -0800 (PST)

Who is the new Defense Secretary Nominee Bob Gates?

On the next Subversity show, slated for Monday 13 November, 2006 on KUCI, we chat with national security analyst and author John Prados about former CIA director Robert Gates, who is George Bush's nominee to succeed Donald Rumsfeld as Defense Secretary. We will discuss what has Gates done in the past and how quickly will he withraw U.S. troops from Iraq? Gates, after all, was deputy CIA director when the U.S. sent Donald Rumsfeld to meet with Saddam Hussein and shake his hands, sealing the U.S. effort to arm Iraq. Gates was also implicated, but never charged, in the Iran-Contra scandal.

For background material on Robert Gates, see the The RobertGates File: The Iran-Contra Scandal, 1991 Confirmation Hearings, and Excerpts from new book Safe for Democracy (National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 208)" on the National Security Archives page.

See also: "The Secret World of Robert Gates," by Robert Parry.

Brief bio of our guest:

John Prados is an analyst of national security based in Washington, DC. Prados holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and focuses on presidential power, international relations, intelligence and military affairs. He is a senior fellow and project director with the National Security Archive. His current book is Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA (Ivan Dee Publisher).

In addition Prados is author or editor of fifteen other books, with titles on national security, intelligence matters, diplomatic history and military affairs, including Iraq, Vietnam, and World War II. Among them are Hoodwinked: The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War, Inside the Pentagon Papers (edited with Margaret Pratt-Porter), Combined Fleet Decoded: The Secret History of U.S. Intelligence and the Japanese Navy in World War II, Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby, White House Tapes: Eavesdropping on the President (edited), Valley of Decision: The Siege of Khe Sanh (with Ray Stubbe), America Responds to Terrorism (edited), The Hidden History of the Vietnam War, Operation Vulture, The Blood Road: The Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Vietnam War, Presidentsí Secret Wars: CIA and Pentagon Covert Operations from World War II Through the Persian Gulf, Keepers of the Keys: A History of the National Security Council from Truman to Bush, and The Soviet Estimate: U.S. Intelligence and Soviet Strategic Forces. He has chapters in two dozen other books, and entries in five reference works.

Prados is a contributing editor to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, and a contributing writer to The VVA Veteran. His articles and op-ed pieces have appeared widely, including Vanity Fair, The Washington Post Outlook, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The American Prospect, Scientific American, and elsewhere. His articles on the internet appear at, American Prospect Online, and elsewhere. His book reviews have also appeared widely.

Subversity airs this Monday, 13 November 2006, and every Monday, from 9-10 a.m. west coast time on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, California, and is webcast simultaneously on Audio files are archived on the Subversity website:

Thanx for listening.


Daniel C. Tsang
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