Morning Reading, March 1: Whose Pentagon is it? And the top links of the day
Published: March 1, 2010
Who's Pentagon is it? After more than a year in office, can President Barack Obama -- who during his campaign was highly cricial of the Bush administration's use of the military -- now claim to have imposed his will as commander-in-chief? Or is Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a Bush administration holdover, still the man setting the agenda?
Stars and Stripes reporter Leo Shane went looking for the answer and one expert after another told him that it is still, without a doubt, Robert Gates' Pentagon. Check out his story to find out why.
In Iraq, Seth Robbins tells us that since the fighting and bombings have somewhat dissipated, U.S. medical professionals there are able to spend time teaching and mentoring their Iraqi counterparts, and helping the country's medical system return to its former place as one of the best in the region.
A year into Obama's presidency, it's still Gates' Pentagon (Stars and Stripes)
U.S. medica in Iraq helping heal country's health system (Stars and Stripes)
White House is rethinking nuclear policy (The New York Times)
Afghan soldiers show improvement in Marjah assault (Los Angeles Times)