Robert Gates Articles

Gates: Obama Has 'Centralized Power' More than Any Other President

Slams White House's culture of yes men (and women)
9:29 AM, Jan 19, 2016
Did Barack Obama always think he was the smartest guy in the room? Read more

Obama's Defense Budget Well Below Gates's Proposal

6:10 AM, Feb 03, 2015

President Obama's proposed defense budget is well below what former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates proposed. 

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Gates: 'There Will Be Boots on the Ground If There's to Be Any Hope of Success in the Strategy'

ISIS Strategy Unrealistic.
6:29 AM, Sep 17, 2014

Robert Gates, President Obama's first defense secretary, said this morning on CBS that President Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State is unrealistic:

"The reality is, they're not going to be able to be successful against ISIS strictly from the air or strictly depending on the Iraqi forces or the Peshmerga or the Sunni tribes acting on their own," said Gates.

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'Opportunistic and Ruthless Aspiration'

8:41 AM, Mar 26, 2014

That is how former secretary of defense, Robert Gates writing in the Wall Street Journal, describes what drives Vladimir Putin’s actions in the Ukraine, the Baltics, and any other region where he considers Russians interests and international reputation at stake. He is motivated by a massive grievance, which, one suspects, is further stimulated when his nation is dismissed as a “regional power,” as the president did yesterday.  

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Gates on Defense Spending

1:45 PM, Mar 10, 2014

“I think that cutting the defense budget in significant ways right now is a serious mistake. When we’ve cut the budget before at the end of the Cold War, at the end of Vietnam and other times, it’s been because we thought the world was going to be safer place. No one can make that case right now."

That's former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

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Gates's Challenge

5:06 PM, Jan 09, 2014

Michael Graham, writing for the Boston Herald:

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Gates: Obama, Hillary Said Opposition to Iraq Surge Was 'Political'

3:37 PM, Jan 07, 2014

Robert Gates, the former defense secretary under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, writes in a new memoir that both Obama and Hillary Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time, told Gates that their 2007 opposition to the surge of troops in Iraq was based on political considerations. Both Obama and Clinton were sitting senators running for the Democratic nomination during the debate over the surge.

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Bob Gates and Israel: There He Goes Again

11:15 AM, Oct 05, 2012

Robert Gates, the former secretary of defense, got considerable attention this week when, speaking in Norfolk, Virginia, he said American officials should make it clear to the government of Israel that "they do not have a blank check to take action that could do grave harm to American vital interests." Strongly objecting to an Israeli or U.S. attack on Iran's nuclear sites, he claimed, "The results of an American or Israeli military strike on Iran could, in my view, prove catastrophic, haunting us for generations in that part of the world."

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Al Qaeda Still in Afghanistan

9:40 PM, Aug 15, 2012

The presidential candidates should listen to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta when he reminds us that there is still a war being fought in Afghanistan. And we should remember what Panetta’s predecessor, Robert Gates, had to say about Afghanistan in 2010, too.

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Gates to National Security Team on Osama Raid: 'Shut the F--- Up'

3:27 PM, Jun 06, 2012

Robert Gates, the former defense secretary, reportedly blasted the national security team in the Obama White House for blabbing about the raid to kill Osama bin Laden. "Shut the f--- up," Gates told Tom Donilon, who is now Obama's national security adviser, according to a book by New York Times reporter David Sanger.  

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The Folly of the Gates Story

12:39 PM, Sep 12, 2011

JerusalemJeffrey Goldberg reported last week that former defense secretary Robert Gates thinks that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “ungrateful” for all that Washington has done for Israel. The purpose of the story, leaked by senior administration officials, is to blame Netanyahu for the rift in U.S.-Israel relations.

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Israel’s Growing Isolation—and America’s Decreasing Regional Power

2:35 PM, Sep 08, 2011

The Israeli press is still trying to figure out what to make of Robert Gates’s parting shot at Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. According to Jeffrey Goldberg’s column earlier this the week, Gates thinks that Netanyahu is “ungrateful.”

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Grand Old Doves?

Jul 18, 2011

Opinion polls consistently show that the U.S. military is the most trusted institution in America. Republicans have benefited indirectly from that hard-won reputation because since the 1970s they have been seen as the strong, hawkish party, while Democrats have had to fight the stigma that they are weak and dovish. Republicans wouldn’t throw away that aura—one of their strongest electoral assets—just to reach a budget deal with President Obama. Or would they?

There are persistent and worrisome

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Obama to Announce Afghan Decision this Week

3:09 PM, Jun 20, 2011

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that President Obama will announce his decision about U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan this week—most likely Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Jun 06, 2011

In the next month, after more than four decades of distinguished public service including almost five extraordinary years at the Pentagon supervising the successful surges in Iraq and Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates will retire. He departs as the very model of a Washington “wise man,” having served in senior positions in two Democratic and three Republican administrations—the best the inside-the-Beltway establishment has to offer. His parting words, delivered in a series of valedictory speeches, carry the weight of his long experience and sober judgment.

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Robert Gates: Stand With Iraq

2:09 PM, May 25, 2011

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said yesterday that "Iraq [should] host U.S. troops beyond the end of the year to maintain stability and keep Iran at bay," according to the Wall Street Journal

"It would be reassuring to the Gulf States. It would not be reassuring to Iran, and that is a good thing," Mr. Gates said....

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Robert Gates: 'If America Declines to Lead in the World, Others Will Not'

10:11 AM, May 22, 2011

At a commencement address at the University of Notre Dame, Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned against allowing America's might and military to decline.

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Robert Gates: Navy SEALs at Risk

12:17 PM, May 13, 2011

CNN reports that Defense Secretary Robert Gates is concerned about the security of the Navy SEALs, after the Obama administration credited the elite force with killing Osama bin Laden in Pakistan:

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Gates and Mullen vs. Obama (Update: Pentagon Fires Back)

4:18 PM, Apr 13, 2011

In February, Defense secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sounded a cautionary note at a congressional hearing on the defense budget. "We shrink from our global security responsibilities at our peril," Gates warned members of Congress. "Retrenchment brought about by short-sighted cuts could well lead to costlier and more tragic consequences later, indeed, as they always have in the past."

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Obama Guts Defense

Who will speak for national security?
2:36 PM, Apr 13, 2011

In proposing to cut another $400 billion from U.S. defense budgets over the next ten years as part of his deficit reduction counter-offer, Barack Obama’s words were few. Yet they were revealing.

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The Gates of Resignation

Mar 14, 2011

"In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined,’ as General MacArthur so delicately put it.”

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Two Weeks Later, America Has a Plan: Do Nothing on Libya

12:00 AM, Mar 08, 2011

On February 22, several days into the Libyan regime’s campaign of terror, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was asked whether the U.S. was going to stand by while Moammar Qaddafi and his military slaughtered their fellow countrymen.

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Robert Gates on Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Defense Budget

An interview with the secretary of Defense.
6:30 AM, Feb 23, 2011

Defense secretary Robert Gates says the United States has not had discussions with its NATO partners about how to handle the unfolding crisis in Libya, and he believes that the United States could not quickly enforce a no-fly zone in the country to keep military jets from shooting on the citizens they’re meant to protect.

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Even More Pathetic

As the Libyan crisis deepens, the Obama administration is still voting "present."
5:20 PM, Feb 22, 2011

A small group of us had an interesting meeting this afternoon at the Pentagon with Defense secretary Bob Gates (unfortunately the most interesting parts were off the record; Steve Hayes will write up the other, still somewhat interesting, parts when we get a transcript). Then I came back to the office, depressingly heard that Secretary Clinton (still) had nothing substantive to say about Libya, then was told even more depressingly that the president was still mum too.

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