November 22, 2008 |
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Friday that he would like to send more American forces to the war in Afghanistan before national elections scheduled for next year, and that grim depictions of the 7-year-old war are "far too pessimistic." Gates said additional forces would provide greater security and predicted that conditions would "be under enough control to allow the elections to take place" in the fall.
September 23, 1991 |
Senate Intelligence Committee chairman David L. Boren (D-Okla.) said Sunday that Robert M. Gates has given satisfactory explanations about his role in the Iran-Contra scandal. It's "a little early to tell" whether Gates will be confirmed as CIA director, but he has "made a very positive impression," Boren said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Gates said "that he learned . . .
August 30, 1991 |
Richard J. Kerr, the deputy director of the CIA, will take over next week as acting director to replace William H. Webster, who is retiring from government service, the agency announced Thursday. The CIA public affairs office said that Kerr will become acting director on Monday and will serve until the new director is confirmed. Webster announced his retirement in May and said he would leave the agency at the end of July to go into private law practice.
July 7, 1991 |
Prosecutors investigating attempts to cover up the Iran-Contra scandal are concentrating on the former chief of the CIA's Central American task force and what he knows of the roles played by other CIA and Bush Administration officials. Considered one of the most promising younger officials in the agency until he was reprimanded for withholding information from Congress, Alan D. Fiers and his lawyers have been discussing a possible plea bargain with independent counsel Lawrence E.
October 17, 1992 |
Robert M. Gates, on the first visit by a CIA director to Moscow, told Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin on Friday about one of the U.S. intelligence coups of the Cold War--the raising of a Soviet submarine by the spy ship Glomar Explorer, Russian sources said.
January 17, 2008 |
The Dutch Defense Ministry on Wednesday summoned the U.S. ambassador as other American allies denounced criticism of NATO forces in Afghanistan by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. The U.S. ambassador, Roland Arnall, met with ministry officials to offer a "clarification of the comments" by Gates, said chief State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.
July 27, 2007 |
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he was personally engaged in developing contingency plans for a drawdown of U.S. troops from Iraq and emphasized that those efforts were a "priority" for the Pentagon. "Such planning is indeed taking place with my active involvement as well as that of senior military and civilian officials and our commanders in the field," Gates wrote in a letter to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday.
October 7, 1991 |
Former CIA Director William E. Colby added his voice Sunday to those supporting Robert M. Gates' nomination to head the intelligence agency, arguing that Gates had successfully disproved allegations that he tailored analyses to suit his political bosses. Gates also came "awfully close" to predicting the aborted August coup in Moscow, Colby said on CNN's "Newsmaker Sunday" interview program. "If the coup had succeeded," Gates would be "bathing in glory" now, he added.
October 23, 1991 |
Former White House aide Oliver L. North said Tuesday that Robert M. Gates, President Bush's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, knew about his secret operation to fund Nicaragua's Contra rebels. But North added that he does not know whether Gates was told that profits from secret missile sales to Iran were diverted to the Contras.
March 22, 1994 |
Former CIA Director Robert M. Gates on Monday dismissed as "nonsense" claims that internal security procedures had been a mess under his stewardship of the spy agency. Blasting what he described as a rush to judgment, Gates said it was too early to draw conclusions about the case of Aldrich H. Ames, the Central Intelligence Agency officer accused of spying for Moscow. "I think it's nonsense that there's a systemic problem in security," he said in an interview.