January 28, 2008 |
If Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates had his way, the protracted presidential nomination battles underway in the Republican and Democratic parties would end sooner rather than later. "Once somebody contemplates the prospect that they may be president of the United States, they're going to begin thinking about what they're going to inherit," Gates said in an interview. "And I think it will be, regardless of party, a sobering realization."
January 8, 2008 |
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Monday made his first official visit to Southern California since taking the post, kicking off his second year in office by presenting awards to 17 sailors, including several Navy SEALs, who recently returned from Iraq. Gates spent 141 days on the road last year, mostly on high-profile overseas trips to regional hot spots and world capitals.
June 4, 2007 |
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived Sunday evening for his second visit to the Afghan capital since becoming the Pentagon chief, saying that he believes progress is being made in the country, but he wants to ensure there is no slackening of effort. Gates first visited Afghanistan in January, just weeks into his tenure, after which he expressed guarded optimism, saying the situation on the ground was better than he had expected.
January 27, 2007 |
If there was any question that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates would go to almost any length to demonstrate he was the anti-Rumsfeld, he dispelled it Friday. In his first-ever Pentagon news conference, Gates' manner and method could not have been more different than those of his controversial predecessor -- starting with the room. Donald H. Rumsfeld made the Pentagon briefing room so much his own, Gates has evidently decided he has no intention of using it.
December 7, 2006 |
The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to confirm Robert M. Gates as the 22nd U.S. secretary of Defense, giving the former CIA director decisive bipartisan support amid the increasingly divisive debate over the war in Iraq. The Senate voted 95 to 2 to approve Gates' nomination. White House officials said he would be sworn in Dec. 18. The quick handover would mean Donald H.
December 6, 2006 |
Once one of the most controversial men in Washington, Robert M. Gates stepped into what passes in the nation's capital for a congressional love-fest Tuesday for the simple reason that he was not Donald H. Rumsfeld. The last time around, when Gates was nominated to head the CIA in 1991, the hearings stretched over months -- with the nominee facing hundreds of tough, personal questions. This time, Gates, nominated to become secretary of Defense, was questioned publicly for less than a day.