publication date: Thursday, October 23, 2008 (part of Round XXXVI)
clue: It's important to have an intelligent secretary when you need a good defense.
explanation: Gates, formerly of the Central Intelligence Agency, was Secretary of Defense when this goo was published. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Justin Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Aaron Shurtleff, Jerry Mathis, Tony Peters, Sarah Kyle, Walter Chesser, Shawn Brandt, and Samuel Franklin