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NATIONAL
June 18, 2011 | By David S. Cloud, Washington Bureau
When Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates leaves the Pentagon every evening, he carries home a sheaf of documents about the latest American soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. After dinner, usually alone, he takes out a pen and writes notes to the families of the fallen. And most nights, he weeps. He has signed about 3,400 condolence letters since taking over the Pentagon in late 2006, aides say. "There's probably not a day in the last four years that I haven't wept, and it's mostly when I'm doing those letters," Gates said in an interview.
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NATIONAL
January 9, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has committed to remaining in his post for an additional year, keeping him in office at least through the next crucial Afghanistan strategy review this year. In Pentagon circles, speculation about Gates' intentions had been intense. When President Obama first announced that he intended to keep Gates as Defense secretary, some experts predicted he would stay on only for the first year of the administration. Originally appointed by former President George W. Bush, Gates is the first Defense secretary to serve under presidents of different parties.
WORLD
January 11, 2011 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
China's military conducted the first flight test of an experimental stealth fighter Tuesday, apparently without informing the country's civilian leadership in advance and only hours before Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with the Chinese president to discuss improving military ties. The test flight of the J-20 fighter seemed to represent a snub of Gates from China's military establishment during his three-day visit to Beijing and to deepen questions about how much control its civilian leadership exercises over the armed forces, which have often taken a harder line on improving relations with the U.S. When Gates mentioned the test in an afternoon meeting with President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People, it was initially clear that neither Hu nor any of the other Chinese civilian officials present were aware that it had occurred, according to a senior U.S. Defense Department official.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1991
I am appalled by the brutal beating of King. I am also appalled by The Times' swift editorial plea for Gates to resign. If we are to assume that Gates' management brought on this violent act and that the individuals involved were not independently responsible, then we must assume that Mayor Tom Bradley should also resign because of the climate of continuing unethical behavior of his appointees. Certainly leaders of this community seem to have different sets of values in this situation.
OPINION
February 17, 1991 | After the killing of policewoman Tina Kerbrat, Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates made remarks that many Salvadorans find insulting. Among them was his labeling of the killer as "an El Savadoran drunk--a drunk who doesn't belong here." An editorial in LA OPINION, from which this is excerpted, calls for Gates' ouster
This is not the first time that Gates has made this type of insulting or excessive comment. These continuous rebuffs against minority groups clearly show that Gates is evidently not qualified for a position such as chief of police of a metropolis characterized by its ethnic and racial diversity. It is deplorable that Gates has sought to use (this killing) as a pretext to discredit a whole group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1991 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates endorsed embattled City Councilman Hal Bernson for reelection Friday, saying he was "shocked at the attacks on Hal's record" by challenger Julie Korenstein. A Korenstein spokesman said the endorsement was improper and criticized Gates and Bernson for injecting politics into the Police Department at a time when it is under intense scrutiny because of the Rodney G. King beating.
NATIONAL
May 9, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes, Tribune Washington Bureau
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Saturday that he wanted to sharply cut the military bureaucracy and rein in expenditures on armed forces healthcare and departmental overhead as part of an effort to tame runaway Pentagon spending. Speaking at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library here, Gates presented a roadmap for what might be his last months in office and his final major Pentagon reform push. Gates said his priority was to flatten a hierarchical military command structure and eliminate military offices and agencies that have little direct role in fighting the nation's wars.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 1991
So now that our City Charter is being "abused," Councilman Joel Wachs has the courage to stand up and defend it against all attackers (Commentary, April 10). Funny, where was Wachs' outrage when Gates was slandering practically every racial and sexual minority in our community? Where was his Op-Ed piece when the LAPD brutalized more than 50 demonstrators during the Justice for Janitors march last summer in Century City?
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