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Checkpoint Washington: December 5, 2010 - December 11, 2010

Four soldiers hitch a deluxe ride home with Gates

Four U.S. soldiers going home on leave from Afghanistan hitched a sweet ride out of the war zone Thursday by snagging seats on a special flight: the 747 Boeing aircraft that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates uses to crisscross the globe.

By Craig Whitlock  | December 10, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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WikiLeaks reveals cable identifying 'sensitive sites'

U.S. officials expressed outrage Monday after WikiLeaks released a State Department cable that listed sites around the world whose "loss" could "critically impact" the health, communications, economy or security of the United States.

By Mary Beth Sheridan  | December 6, 2010; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Gates stops in Oman, visits carrier

MUSCAT, Oman -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates had to fly and sail halfway around the world to break out of the Pentagon bubble. "I am surrounded by bureaucracy at the Pentagon," Gates said Monday as he visited with some...

By Craig Whitlock  | December 6, 2010; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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