Robert Gates will retire this month as the US Defense Secretary. In his 45-year career, he's served under eight presidents. In a Newsweek interview, Gates discusses Hilary Clinton, Osama bin Laden's death, and emerging US isolationism.
President Obama's campaign-style rhetoric reached for the Democratic base, and may be an acknowledgement that a deficit-reduction deal is unlikely before the 2012 election.
After the president's speech, it's clear that an historic fiscal debate between Democrats and Republicans is still to come