Robert Gates

'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


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.


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