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Well, I suspect the odds are against as long as Vladimir Putin is president.feedback
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Sep 19 2017 Russia
We found 25 articles in which Robert Gates said something. The most recent Robert Gates’s quote is: “I think it's actually quite dangerous. Clearly 30 years of diplomacy have failed to stop North Korea in its pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. I think one option that the United States has before it is to put on the table a significant package of diplomatic proposals coupled with a statement of the military actions we would take if there is no political solution to the problem.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Robert Gates 31 times. On this page, you will find all of Robert Gates’s quotes organized by date and topic.
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Mar 20 2017 - Haiti

Think of where our forces have been sent and have been engaged over the last 40-plus years: Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Horn of Africa, and more. In fact, the first Gulf War stands alone in over two generations of constant military engagement as a more or less traditional conventional conflict from beginning to end.feedback

Jan 29 2017 - National Security Council

My biggest concern is there are actually, under the law, only two statutory advisers to the National Security Council and that's the Director of Central Intelligence, or the DNI, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I think pushing them out of the National Security Council meetings, except when their specific issues are at stake, is a big mistake. I think that they both bring a perspective and judgment and experience to bear that every president, whether they like it or not, finds useful.feedback

Jun 17 2011 - Al-Qaeda

This announcement by al Qaeda reminds us that despite having suffered a huge loss with the killing of bin Laden and a number of others, al Qaeda seeks to perpetuate itself, seeks to find replacements for those who have been killed, and remains committed to the agenda that bin Laden put before them.feedback

Apr 22 2011 - Libya

The president has said where we have some unique capabilities he is willing to use those, and in fact he has approved the use of armed predators, and I think today may, in fact, have been their first mission. I think that will give us some precision capability.feedback

Mar 04 2011 - Libya

Let's just call a spade a spade: A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defences. That's the way you do a no-fly zone. It's a big operation in a big country.feedback

Oct 15 2010 - Afghanistan

We have always acknowledged that reconciliation has to be part of the solution ultimately in Afghanistan and we will do whatever we can to support that process.feedback

Jul 09 2010 - Airbus

I am very optimistic that this time we will be able to get on with it.feedback

Feb 09 2010

If Iran continues and develops nuclear weapons it almost certainly will provoke nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. This is a huge danger.feedback

Dec 08 2009 - Afghanistan

Our relationship with Afghanistan is a long-term commitment. As President Obama and I have said repeatedly, our government will not again turn our back in this country or the region.feedback

Sep 19 2009

What we have seen with the Iranians is that they are producing and deploying significant numbers of short- and medium-range missiles, and so they could overwhelm even when the ten interceptors were in place, a salvo like that could overwhelm it so this I think provides significantly more protection should the intelligence forecast be wrong.feedback

Jul 28 2009

Our hope remains that Iran will respond to the president's outstretched hands in a positive and constructive way, but we will see.feedback

Feb 20 2009 - Afghanistan

We all agreed that we must intensify our efforts to bring security and stability to Afghanistan and to ensure that the Afghans are capable of sustaining it themselves. At the same time we cannot neglect the need for a long term increase in civilian contributions and the necessity to improve coordination between civilian and military components.feedback

Dec 03 2008

I think that I would subscribe to what the president-elect said yesterday in Chicago. He repeated his desire to try to get our combat forces out within 16 months, but he also said that he wanted to have a responsible draw-down and he also said that he was prepared to listen to his commanders.feedback

Nov 13 2008

Russia's more recent behaviour has been troubling as well. Within hours of the conclusion of the American election, Russian President Medevdev responded by threatening to place missiles in Kaliningrad. Hardly the welcome a new American administration deserves. Such provocative remarks are unnecessary and misguided.feedback

Oct 09 2008 - Taliban

I don't think anybody in the alliance is interested in eradicating crops or doing things that would involve individual farmers, but if we have the opportunity to go after drug lords and drug laboratories and try and interrupt this flow of cash to the Taliban, this seems to me like a legitimate security endeavour.feedback

Sep 17 2008 - Iraq

I think the key for us is, on those rare occasions when we do make a mistake, when there is an error, is to apologise quickly, to compensate the victims quickly and then carry out the investigation. That's the approach we have had in Iraq and I think we need to move to that here.feedback

Oct 23 2007

The idea was that we would go forward with the negotiations, we would complete the negotiations, we would develop the sites, build the sites but perhaps we would delay activating them until there was concrete proof of the threat from Iran.feedback

Oct 11 2007

I am quite concerned about the Armenian genocide resolution. The problem that we have is that this is clearly a very sensitive subject for one of our closest allies and an ally that is incredibly important to the United States in terms of our operations in Iraq.feedback

Jan 18 2007 - Taliban

I think it is important that we not let this success here in Afghanistan slip away from us and that we keep the initiative. There's no reason to sit back and let the Taliban regroup and threaten the progress that's been made.feedback

Dec 06 2006 - Iraq

It is my impression there are no new ideas on Iraq. The list of tactics, the list of strategies, the list of approaches is pretty much out there.feedback

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