During a farewell tribute for his four decades of service, President Obama on Thursday presented Defense Secretary Robert Gates with this country's highest civilian honor. NBC's Brian Williams reports.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates repeatedly warned against withdrawing too quickly from Afghanistan despite President Barack Obama’s wishes. Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft explains whether Gates lost the argument about the drawdown.
In their debate Monday the seven Republican presidential contenders showed that they haven’t yet focused on a question that will be hard to avoid: how to resolve the irrepressible conflict between Americans’ overseas military commitments and its debt burden. Full story
ARLINGTON, VA - JUNE 30: United States President Barack Obama presents Secretary of Defense Robert Gates with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during his Armed Services Farewell Tribute on the River Parade Field at the Pentagon June 30, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Appointed by former President G