Robert M. Gates





Robert M. Gates



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Duty: Memoirs of a Secretar...

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From the Shadows: The Ultim...

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A Passion for Leadership: L...

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“What I know concerns me. What I don’t know concerns me even more. What people aren’t telling me worries me the most.”
Robert M. Gates, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

“Be very careful what you recommend to the president because he will do what you say.”
Robert M. Gates, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

“had never heard a president explicitly frame a decision as a direct order. With the American military, it is completely unnecessary. As secretary of defense, I had never issued an “order” to get something done; nor had I heard any commander do so. Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell, in his book It Worked for Me, writes, “In my thirty-five years of service, I don’t ever recall telling anyone, ‘That’s an order.’ And now that I think about it, I don’t think I ever heard anyone else say it.” Obama’s “order,” at Biden’s urging, demonstrated, in my view, the complete unfamiliarity of both men with the American military culture. That order”
Robert M. Gates, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War



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