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.


'Governments lie, allies spy'

'Governments lie, allies spy'Washington, June 16 : US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates made light of Pakistan's arrest of five Pakistan CIA informers who helped in the US raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout saying in the real world governments lie to each other and allies too spy.

"First of all, I would say, based on 27 years in CIA and four-and-a-half years in this job, most governments lie to each other," said Gates, who started his professional career in America's spy agency, Central Intelligence Agency, prompting laughter.

"That's the way business gets done," he said in response to a question from Democrat Senator Patrick, at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Wednesday


Karzai intends to quit after US troops pull out in 2014

 Karzai intends to quit after US troops pull out in 2014 Washington, June 16: US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates has indicated that Afghan President Hamid Karzai will quit office by 2014.

Afghanistan’s Constitution limits presidents to two terms. Karzai was first elected president in 2004. He won a second term as the president in 2009.

Gates, revealed Karzai’s desire to leave the presidential office at a Senate Appropriations committee meeting, Politico reports.

The timing of Karzai''s departure will coincide with a scheduled deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. All security operations will be taken over by Afghanistan in 2014. (ANI)


US suspicious of Pakistan’s bomb facility leak to militants: Robert Gates

 US suspicious of Pakistan’s bomb facility leak to militants: Robert Gates Washington, June 15: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said Washington is disappointed and suspicious that militants in Pakistan were apparently tipped off that American intelligence officials had discovered two of their suspected bomb-making facilities, but stopped short of concluding that Pakistani officials had leaked the information to the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani insurgents.


US ‘disappointed’ by Pak’s failed raids on militant compounds in Waziristan: Gates

Washington, June 14: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said that the Obama administration was disappointed by the unexplained failure of recent raids on two militant compounds in Pakistan's tribal areas.

Gates said that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had shared intelligence about the compounds with Pakistan in the past several weeks to restore relations with the South Asian country.

However, when Pakistani forces raided the facilities, used for the manufacture of improvised explosive devices, the militants had disappeared.

The "IED factories" were located in Pakistan's North and South Waziristan region.

The Defense Secretary insisted that he was not certain how or why the effort went awry.


US will lose interest in NATO unless Europe pulls up its ‘war-effort’ socks: Gates

US will lose interest in NATO unless Europe pulls up its ‘war-effort’ socks: GatesWashington, June 11: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said that the future American leaders may view the European nations' insufficient defence spending and investment in the NATO effort, and the use of the US taxpayers' money to fill the gaps, as `not worth the cost'.

Gates, who is leaving his post this summer, mocked the efforts of European nations in Libya, saying America was being forced to "make up the difference" as the allies had run short of bombs and missiles, The Telegraph reports.


US’ ties with Islamabad vital to secure Pak N-arsenal, Afghanistan mission”: Panetta

 US’ ties with Islamabad vital to secure Pak N-arsenal, Afghanistan mission”: Panetta Washington, June 10: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta, who is nominated to succeed US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, has called the United States’ relationship with Pakistan "difficult" but "critical".

While Pakistan has proven to be a safe haven for extremists, a positive relationship with authorities in Islamabad is vital to the mission in Afghanistan, the CNN quoted Panetta, as warning the Senate Armed Services Committee.

America’s close ties with Pakistan are also critical due to the necessity of securing that country''s nuclear arsenal, he noted.


US wants ‘joint bases’ in Afghanistan: Gates

US wants ‘joint bases’ in Afghanistan: GatesWashington, June 9: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said the country should maintain a long-term military presence in Afghanistan especially as a "tenant" on bases jointly occupied with Afghan forces, rather than on permanent US bases, after its combat mission ends.

"Bases that belong to one country in another country are always a magnet for trouble. Joint bases, from which U. S. troops could provide ongoing training and other assistance, would be "more tolerable to the Afghan people," the Washington Post quoted Gates, as saying.


US-Pak partnership record is ‘a mixed one’: Gates

 US-Pak partnership record is ‘a mixed one’: GatesWashington, May 30: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has conceded that the US relationship with Pakistan was not what the Americans wished it were.

"I would say this administration has made a significant effort to try and change the nature of our relationship with Pakistan, in terms of a more enduring partnership," The Dawn quoted Gates, as saying.

"And I would say that, obviously, the record is a mixed one. And we both have concerns, but there`s also no doubt in my mind that we have to continue to make our best efforts to manage this relationship going forward," he added.


US needs strong military to protect trade routes, energy supplies: Gates

US needs strong military to protect trade routes, energy supplies: GatesWashington, May 23 : US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said his country needs a strong military not only to win the war in Afghanistan, but also to `protect trade routes and energy supplies' and stop `would-be adversaries from making the kind of miscalculations' that often lead to war.

"All of these things happen mostly out of sight and out of mind to the average American, and thus are taken for granted. But they all depend on a properly armed, trained and funded US military, which cannot be taken for granted," The Daily Times quoted Gates, as saying.


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