Robert M. Gates quotes

Robert M. Gates photo
3   0

Robert M. Gates

Birthdate: 25. September 1943

Robert Michael Gates is an American statesman, scholar, intelligence analyst, and university president who served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. He was originally appointed by President George W. Bush but was retained for service by President Barack Obama. Gates began his career serving as an officer in the United States Air Force but was quickly recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency . Gates served for 26 years in the CIA and the National Security Council, and was Director of Central Intelligence under President George H. W. Bush. After leaving the CIA, Gates became president of Texas A&M University and was a member of several corporate boards. Gates served as a member of the Iraq Study Group, the bipartisan commission co-chaired by James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton, that studied the lessons of the Iraq War.

Gates was nominated by Republican President George W. Bush as Secretary of Defense after the 2006 election, replacing Donald Rumsfeld. He was confirmed with bipartisan support. In a 2007 profile written by former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, Time named Gates one of the year's most influential people. In 2008, Gates was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report. He continued to serve as Secretary of Defense in President Barack Obama's administration. He retired in 2011. "He'll be remembered for making us aware of the danger of over-reliance on military intervention as an instrument of American foreign policy," said former Senator David L. Boren. Gates was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, by President Obama during his retirement ceremony.Since leaving the Obama Administration, Gates has been elected President of the Boy Scouts of America, served as Chancellor of the College of William & Mary, and served as a member on several corporate boards.

Quotes Robert M. Gates

„Tough-minded, realistic, and very pro-American.“

—  Robert M. Gates

About South Korean president Lee Myung-bak, as quoted in Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War http://www.amazon.com/Duty-Memoirs-Secretary-at-War/dp/030794963X (12 May 2015), by R.M. Gates, p. 416.

„Most governments lie to each other. That’s the way business gets done.“

—  Robert M. Gates

CNN interview, 2011-06-19. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-19/taliban-u-s-talks-very-preliminary-defense-chief-gates-says.html

Similar authors

John F. Kennedy photo
John F. Kennedy441
35th president of the United States of America
Ronald Reagan photo
Ronald Reagan261
American politician, 40th president of the United States (i…
Dilma Rousseff photo
Dilma Rousseff9
36th President of Brazil
Fidel Castro photo
Fidel Castro76
former First Secretary of the Communist Party and President…
Vladimir Putin photo
Vladimir Putin100
President of Russia, former Prime Minister
Donald J. Trump photo
Donald J. Trump814
45th President of the United States of America
Jair Bolsonaro photo
Jair Bolsonaro105
Brazilian president elect
Nelson Mandela photo
Nelson Mandela135
President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk photo
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk9
First Czechoslovak president
Mikhail Gorbachev photo
Mikhail Gorbachev60
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Today anniversaries
Pablo Picasso photo
Pablo Picasso127
Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stag… 1881 - 1973
Geoffrey Chaucer photo
Geoffrey Chaucer98
English poet 1343 - 1400
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky photo
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky4
Russian composer 1840 - 1893
Georges Bizet photo
Georges Bizet2
French composer 1838 - 1875
Another 59 today anniversaries
Similar authors
John F. Kennedy photo
John F. Kennedy441
35th president of the United States of America
Ronald Reagan photo
Ronald Reagan261
American politician, 40th president of the United States (i…
Dilma Rousseff photo
Dilma Rousseff9
36th President of Brazil
Fidel Castro photo
Fidel Castro76
former First Secretary of the Communist Party and President…
Vladimir Putin photo
Vladimir Putin100
President of Russia, former Prime Minister