- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at email@example.com.
While Tom Ricks is away from his blog, he has selected a few of his favorite posts to re-run. We will be posting a few every day until he returns. This originally ran on June 1, 2009.
Defense Secretary Gates’s aircraft starts having mechanical problems when he is on the far side of the planet. Hmm.
"You say you need to be in Manila tonight, Mr. Secretary? Wow, tough deadline. Now, about those F-22s…"