Robert Gates

Gates believes Russia will not let Crimea slip out of its hands

Gates believes Russia will not let Crimea slip out of its handsWashington, March 10 : Robert Gates, former secretary of defense has reportedly said that he does not believe that Russia will lose out on Crimea.

Gates said that he did not believe that Crimea would slip out of Russia's hand, adding that he expected Russian President Vladimir Putin to continue efforts to take control of the rest of Ukraine.

According to Huff Post, Gates' comments comes amid reports of the Russian military marching into Crimea, while the decision of whether Crimea should break away from Ukraine and join Russia will be decided in a referendum on March 16.


White House defends Biden, Obama over former Pentagon chief's memoir

White House defends Biden, Obama over former Pentagon chief's memoirWashington, Jan 9 - The White House Wednesday continued to defend Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama amid an escalating controversy over former defense secretary Robert Gates' new memoir.

White House spokesperson Jay Carney stressed that Obama and the rest of the White House team "simply just disagree with that assessment" of Gates about Biden, Xinhua reported.


Obama’s order to kill bin Laden based on ‘blind shot at rolling the dice’ decision : Gates

Obama’s order to kill bin Laden based on ‘blind shot at rolling the dice’ decision : GatesWashington, May 17 : Former U. S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has revealed that President Obama's decision to order a kill of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was akin to a blind shot at rolling the dice.

"Obama rolled the dice with a blind -- and ultimately spot-on -- shot at Osama bin Laden," Gates, the one-time CIA head, said during an interview with CBS.

Gates said Obama and his national security team had virtually no concrete proof bin Laden was holed up in a Pakistani compound.


Gates says Goodbye to Pentagon

Gates says Goodbye to PentagonWashington, July 1 : Retiring US Defence Secretary Robert Gates Thursday wrapped up his four-and-a-half years in the Pentagon, with an unexpected gift from President Barack Obama, Xinhua reported.

During a farewell tribute ceremony at the Pentagon, Obama praised Gates for his services for the country, and awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the highest award a president can confer to a civilian.


Kabul attack: Taliban says it proves inaccuracy of US success, Americans say it was insignificant

Kabul attack: Taliban says it proves inaccuracy of US success, Americans say it was insignificantWashington, June 29: Researchers can now determine the action a person is planning, mere moments before that action is actually executed.

"This is a considerable step forward in our understanding of how the human brain plans actions," said Jason Gallivan, a Western Neuroscience PhD student, who was the first author on the paper.


US initiative over Afghan govt, Taliban peace talks at ‘preliminary stage'': Gates

 US initiative over Afghan govt, Taliban peace talks at ‘preliminary stage'': Gates Washington, June 20: U. S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said initiatives taken by several countries, including America, to broker a peace deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban is at a ‘very preliminary stage.''

Gates, who will step down at the end of this month, said there had been contacts between the United States and the Taliban in recent weeks, headed by the State Department.


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