Robert M. Gates Quotes

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Robert M. Gates Quotes

I mean, when you get down to very low numbers of nuclear weapons, and you contemplate going to zero, how do you deal with the reality of that technology being available to almost any country that seeks to pursue it? And what conditions do you put in place?
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A wild and crazy weekend involves sitting on the front porch, smoking a cigar, reading a book.

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If Iraq and Afghanistan have taught us anything in recent history, it is the unpredictability of war and that these things are easier to get into than to get out of, and, frankly, the facile way in which too many people talk about, 'Well, let's just go attack them.'

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Well, I've ruffled a few feathers at all the institutions I've led. But I think that's part of leadership.

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Even when I was at CIA, I'd go to visit foreign leaders and I'd say, 'You know, I'm not a diplomat. I'm just an old CIA guy' ... I said, 'If I wanted to be diplomatic, I'd have been a diplomat.'

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One of the big changes in the Congress since I first came to Washington is that all of these folks go home every weekend. They used to play golf together; their families got to know each other, go to dinner at each other's homes at weekends - and these would be people who were political adversaries.

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Health care costs are eating the Defense Department alive.

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I don't think any president that I worked with has ever said 'pretty please.'

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I have instincts.

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Most governments lie to each other. That's the way business gets done.

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Things have gotten so nasty in Washington.

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When I was the director of Central Intelligence in the early '90s, I tried to get the Air Force to partner with us in building drones. And they didn't want to, because they had no pilots.

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I'm a big advocate of drones.

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If Poindexter made a comment to me like that, it would have been in the context of once the authorized program is approved there would be no point in having any of these private benefactors any longer.

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Congress is best viewed from a distance-the farther the better-because up close, it is truly ugly. I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and prone to put self (and re-election) before country.

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We should never lose sight of the ethos that has made the Marine Corps - where 'every Marine is a rifleman' - one of America's cherished institutions and one of the world's most feared and respected fighting forces

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No policy has proved more successful in making friends for the United States, during the cold war and since, than educating students from abroad at our colleges and universities.

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