Britain's military cuts and growing discontent in society mean it will no longer be a full partner alongside United States forces during their operations abroad, the Guardian reports citing high ranking officials at Ministry of Defense.
Proposals by US lawmakers to impose new sanctions against Iran would be a mistake that would sabotage a possible diplomatic deal with Tehran, former Pentagon chief Robert Gates warned Thursday.
President Barack Obama on Monday rejected criticism from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates who questioned whether the president supported his own policy toward Afghanistan.
You are listening to radio VR in Washington, I’m Justin Mitchell. Robert Gates’ new memoir hasn’t even been released yet, but it is already controversial. The former Secretary of Defense under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama has sharply criticized both men, creating a furor in Washington. But it is his criticisms of Vice President Joe Biden that seem the most harsh. At one point, Gates apparently states that Biden "has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." Does Biden deserve that? And what do all these criticisms say about Robert Gates? For more we are joined by Melvin Goodman. He is the Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He was a CIA analyst for 24 years and during that time testified before the Senate Foreign Relations committee and its then Chairman Joe Biden.
Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in his book of memoirs slated for release on January 14, has harsh words for Obama’s handling of the Afghan campaign. The 70-year-old ex-Pentagon chief accuses Obama of lacking faith in his own troop-surge plan for Afghanistan that he ordered in late 2009.
June 30th is the last day for US Defense Secretary Robert Gates to perform his duties as Pentagon chief. Robert Gates has become America’s only politician who managed to keep his top Pentagon job after a change of president.
Interview with Mark Perry, well-known US military and intelligence analyst, is going to tell us more about Robert Gates and his legacy. The first question would be – how do you see what could be Mr. Gates’ major achievements on this position?
Ekaterina Kudashkina : This week we will start with much-spoken resignation of United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates who served eight US presidents in different positions and secured a unique position in Obama administration as a person with the longest serving record and experience unmatched by any other member of the team.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has confirmed a Saturday announcement by the Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the Americans are in tentative talks with the Afghan Taliban. He said, however, that there will be many months before any progress can be reported.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has paid his regular and, this time, last visit to Afghanistan in his current capacity. It is his last visit because at the end of this month Robert Gates is leaving his post, which he has held since 2006.
The United States is still not sure regarding the makeup of the opposition ranks in Libya. Ignorance on the issue has been acknowledged by Pentagon chief Robert Gates. According to him, this is one reason why the U.S. still hesitates to supply arms to the Libyan opposition.
The US Defense Secretary Robert Gates believes he is on his last visit to Iraq as the Pentagon head. He said this to 200 soldiers during his trip to Iraq on Friday. He also spoke about a government shutdown which can cause delays in paychecks for the troops. Gates considers this an unwise measure.
As US Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced US troops could stay in Iraq beyond the agreed withdrawal date planned for December 31, 2011. According to the official, this decision could be made to meet the requirements of the Iraqi government, which is concerned about maintaining peace in the region without American forces.
The US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, being on a visit to Iraq, made a rather “unexpected” announcement that the US troops in that country could stay longer than expected, and that the pullout may not be over by December 31 this year.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday arrived with an unannounced visit to Baghdad. He is slated to hold talks with Iraqi leaders and visit U.S. troops. The sides will discuss issues related to the final formation of the Iraqi government and withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq before the year is out.
Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev told the US Defense Secretary Robert Gates that Moscow is preoccupied with the way the UN resolution on a no-fly zone over Libya is being implemented. Mr. Medvedev added that non-selective use of force is likely to cause casualties among the civilians.
Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdiukov has called to refrain from violence in Libya and the head of the Pentagon Robert Gates has promised to him that active attacks will subside in the near future. The Russian defence minister and US defence secretary had a detailed discussion of the situation in North Africa in Moscow.
President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and the US Defense Secretary Robert Gates are holding talks in Moscow. A source in the Kremlin told journalists that Mr. Medvedev and Mr. Gates are expected to discuss military cooperation and the most pressing international issues.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will hold talks today with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The parties will discuss the current state of the Palestinian-Israeli settlement, particularly in the context of the situation in the Middle East and North Africa.