- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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…"