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September 30, 2008 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Americans should hold modest expectations about how much can be accomplished through military action and remain skeptical about the benefit to the armed services of technological improvements, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Monday. In an address to students and faculty at National Defense University, he said the Pentagon had erred by favoring complex weapons systems that take years to develop.
September 20, 2008 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Sounding a note of caution in the West's confrontation with Russia, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Friday that the next U.S. administration would need "a pragmatic blend of resolve and restraint" in dealing with Moscow. By seeking a middle ground in relations with Russia, Gates appeared to be sounding a warning to politicians such as Sen.
September 18, 2008 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed "personal regrets" Wednesday for the deaths of Afghan civilians in airstrikes and ordered U.S. forces from now on to immediately pay families of people mistakenly killed in any attack. In a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, the capital, Gates vowed that the U.S. would take steps to avoid such mistakes.
January 7, 2014 | By David S. Cloud, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON - President Obama became progressively more pessimistic about prospects for a successful ending to the war in Afghanistan, goaded by inexperienced White House advisors and a dislike of Afghan President Hamid Karzai , according to his former Defense secretary, Robert M. Gates. In a forthcoming memoir that mixes strong praise with scathing criticism for Obama and his administration, Gates says Obama doubted his own policy after he decided to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan early in his first term.
September 28, 2009 | Paul Richter
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Sunday that the severe sanctions the West is threatening against Iran could force a change in the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions, especially since the country is already under severe economic distress. Speaking as officials from six world powers prepare to meet with Iranian negotiators this week to discuss Tehran's nuclear program, Gates noted that the unemployment rate for Iran's young people is 40%, and asserted that past economic sanctions "are having an impact."
June 21, 2011
Heartfelt duty Re "Gates fought, and wept, for troops," June 19 Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates deserves the highest honor our country can bestow for services rendered above and beyond the call of duty. Here we have an individual who, because of the nature of his job, has armored his heart to face the ugly realities of war but could not prevent that heart from bleeding when faced with the precious loss of our country's sons and daughters. I know I would not want to be in his shoes penning all those letters meant to console grieving families.
May 29, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today that weapons tests this week by North Korea pose problems for the United States, its allies and countries in the region, but do not constitute a crisis or require additional American troops. The nuclear detonation and the missile tests Monday and Tuesday were hostile actions that merit a response, Gates said. But he emphasized the need for diplomatic answers. "I don't think that anybody in the administration thinks there is a crisis," Gates said.
February 20, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes
Easing the U.S. push for a European missile defense system, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told NATO allies Thursday that the Obama administration was reviewing plans for the controversial program and hoped to reopen talks with Moscow, which is bitterly opposed to the project. Gates, echoing views of other top administration officials, said the U.S. would consider whether the system was affordable and technologically feasible as plans move forward.
July 9, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Marine Gen. James Mattis, who led Camp Pendleton Marines into combat in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, has been nominated to become commander of U.S. Central Command, the Pentagon said Thursday. If confirmed by the Senate, Mattis will succeed Army Gen. David Petraeus, who now commands U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The nomination of Mattis was made by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Gates said that Mattis had "proven to be one of the military's most innovative and iconoclastic thinkers.
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