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WH adviser: Successful Crimea secession vote won't be recognized

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- A White House adviser said Crimea's secession vote won't be recognized Sunday while a congressman predicted Russia's annexation bid would backfire.

Mocking Obama's Iran policy

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- In an Iranian mosque with hundreds of worshipers present and thousands more watching on television, he denigrated the United States and urged his listeners to chant "Death to America."
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
Biden 'undecided' about 2016 White House run

Biden 'undecided' about 2016 White House run

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he still hasn't decided whether to make another run for the White House in 2014.
Gates warns U.K. defense cuts may imperil relationship with U.S.

Gates warns U.K. defense cuts may imperil relationship with U.S.

LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Planned cuts in Britain's armed forces will limit its ability to be a strong ally of the United States, former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

Gates: Book 'hijacked' by people with political agendas

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday he was disappointed by the reaction to his memoir, saying it had been "hijacked" for political purposes.
Reince Priebus: Hillary Clinton authentic enough for presidency?

Reince Priebus: Hillary Clinton authentic enough for presidency?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The chairman of the Republican Party, Reince Priebus, said Sunday he questions whether Hillary Clinton is authentic enough to serve the country as president.

Robert Gates 'didn't enjoy' time as U.S. secretary of defense

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said he "didn't enjoy" his role of putting "young men and women in harm's way for their country's sake."

White House heaps praise on Vice President Joe Biden

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The White House, responding to a book's criticism of Joe Biden's policy handling, called the U.S. vice president "one of the leading statesmen of his time."

White House sees no tension likely with Karzai over Gates book

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Comments in a new book reportedly relating to Hamid Karzai are unlikely to raise tensions with the Afghan president, the White House press secretary said.
Gates offers critical take on Obama's Afghan policy

Gates offers critical take on Obama's Afghan policy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- In a forthcoming memoir, former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates charges President Barack Obama with failing to trust his top military leaders.
Robert Gates breaks vertebra, book tour at full steam

Robert Gates breaks vertebra, book tour at full steam

SEATTLE, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates fractured his first vertebra in a fall New Year's Day but won't scale back his book tour, his office said Thursday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
By United Press International

McCain says Obama should apologize to Angela Merkel

BERLIN, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Sen. John McCain says President Obama owes German Chancellor Angela Merkel an apology for U.S. eavesdropping on her cellphone.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.
By United Press International
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This Department of Defense photo taken on June 5, 2011 shows Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates as he meets with the unit command at a Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan. UPI/Cherie Cullen/DOD
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Robert Michael Gates (born September 25, 1943) is a retired civil servant and university president who served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. Prior to this, Gates served for 26 years in the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, and under President George H. W. Bush as Director of Central Intelligence. Immediately after being recruited by the CIA, he also served as an officer in the United States Air Force. After leaving the CIA, Gates became president of Texas A&M University and was a member of several corporate boards. Gates also served as a member of the Iraq Study Group, the bipartisan commission co-chaired by James A. Baker III and Lee Hamilton, that has studied the Iraq War. He was also the first pick to serve as the first Director of National Intelligence (DNI), but he declined the appointment in order to remain President of Texas A&M University.

Gates accepted the nomination for Secretary of Defense on November 8, 2006, 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. Gates announced in August 2010 that he planned to retire in 2011, and President Barack Obama announced in April 2011 that he would be replaced by CIA director Leon Panetta. “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.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Gates attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the BSA as an adult. He graduated from Wichita High School East in 1961, with straight A's. Gates is also a Vigil Honor member within the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's National Honor Society.

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