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November 20, 2009 | By Julian E. Barnes
A wide-ranging review ordered Thursday by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will strive to answer what he called "troubling questions" raised by the shootings at Ft. Hood, Texas. The Pentagon inquiry will be conducted alongside a government-wide review ordered by President Obama to examine the intelligence failures before the Nov. 5 rampage. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a psychiatrist, stands accused of killing 13 people. Gates expressed horror at the attack, saying there was little the department could do to ease the pain of the family members of those killed.
April 16, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates voiced support Thursday for a U.S. free trade agreement with Colombia, a treaty considered a critical reward for one of Washington's strongest allies in the region. The proposed agreement, first signed during the George W. Bush administration, has long been supported by U.S. businesses but opposed by labor and human rights groups because of Bogota's history of harsh intolerance of labor activism. Defense Department officials have favored the pact as a way to reward Colombia for its successful effort at beating back drug trafficking and the country's insurgency.
December 7, 2009 | By Paul Richter
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates denied Sunday that President Obama had set an "exit strategy" for Afghanistan, and he forecast that only a "handful" of U.S. troops may leave the country in July 2011, when a withdrawal is due to begin. Gates, appearing on television news programs with other senior U.S. officials, said the Obama administration intended to maintain its commitment to Afghanistan while gradually shifting security responsibilities to the country's central government. "This is a transition," Gates said on ABC's "This Week."
May 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, after watching a YouTube video showing poor barracks conditions at the Army's Ft. Bragg in North Carolina, said that what he saw was "appalling" and that all commanders must ensure that their troops have decent living quarters. "Soldiers should never have to live in such squalor," Gates said during a speech at Ft. Bliss, Texas. The video, put together by the father of an 82nd Airborne paratrooper, showed mold, peeling paint and broken plumbing fixtures in the Korean War-era barracks.
February 20, 1991
The loss of Officer Tina Kerbrat was unfortunate and my deepest sympathy goes to her family. However, the recent comments made by Gates have outraged me. He has overstepped his boundaries. I never thought that Gates could surpass his stupid comment of "shooting all casual drug users." I guess I was wrong. It is hard to believe that a man in Gates' position could be so irresponsible to make such comments. I can understand the loss of a police officer is heartbreaking; however, to indict the Salvadoran community for the criminal actions of one individual is unacceptable.
March 21, 1999
So the rich folk in Coto de Caza have cast their votes against an elementary school behind their gates (March 4). It seems they don't want any hoi polloi on their side of the gates. Never mind that hundreds, probably thousands, of the "rest of us" are admitted daily to clean their homes, clean their pools, trim their lawns and look after their brats. Do these people feel a kinship with their guardians? Do they know the name of even one of their gatekeepers? Trust me--the rest of the world laughs at people who live behind gates.
June 26, 1994
I recently read the terrible news on the economic downfall that the Dana Point Harbor stores and restaurants have been experiencing since they installed the parking gates. I love it! I have lived in that area for over 20 years and was furious when they installed the gates. I decided I would not buy a thing from any of the stores or restaurants that are within the harbor area. It would be my own personal boycott, but after reading the article, it seems a lot of people have the same idea.
August 28, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A Ventura County man has rammed his car into the gates of the Playboy Mansion twice in the last two weeks, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The latest incident occurred Tuesday night, when the man allegedly drove his car into a front gate of the famous home of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner. Lt. John Romero said detectives are still investigating but believe both incidents involve an "ongoing dispute." He did not elaborate or release the suspect's name. Authorities allege that the man also crashed into the gate last week.
June 2, 2002
Re "Communities Say Keep Out--by Bluffing," May 28: We moved into a gated community after I stared a burglar in the eye. We were also tired of beer cans and liquor bottles being thrown on our lawn, and cars roaring by with mufflers blaring at all times of night. The constant stream of peddlers pounding on our door wore us down. We get none of that now. It is tomb-quiet behind our gates, and we love it. Our neighbors came here for the same reasons. People seem to think that they have a right to bother anybody anywhere.
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