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Leon Panetta: Obama Should Have Helped Iran Protests in 2009

Former Secretary of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday evening that his old boss, then-President Barack Obama, should have done more to support the Iran protests of 2009.

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Robert Gates: I Am ‘in Agreement’ With Trump’s ‘Disruptive Approach’

On this week’s broadcast of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” former secretary of defense Robert Gates said he was “in agreement” with President Donald Trump’s “disruptive approach.” Partial transcript as follows: DICKERSON:  What’s your sense overall of President Trump as an


Trump on Former DefSec Robert Gates: ‘I’m Not a Big Fan of His’

Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reacted to remarks made by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates regarding Trump’s tweet immediately following the news of a missing EgyptAir airliner over the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday.


Former DefSec Gates Questions Trump ‘Discipline’ After Missing EgyptAir Tweet

Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” former Defense Secretary Robert Gates offered his thought on Donald Trump’s reaction to EgyptAir Flight 804, which disappeared early Thursday morning local time over the Mediterranean Sea. Even though one Egyptian official has said the


Gates: ‘I Have Some Real Issues’ With Trump on National Security

Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said he has “real issues” with presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s positions on national security. Gates said, “Well, I have some real issues with things he said


Gates: ‘We Don’t Have a Strategy At All’ In Middle East

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates declared “we don’t have a strategy at all” in the Middle East on Tuesday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. Gates said, “Well, first of all, I think that we don’t have — given the environment that


Gates: ‘I’m Worried’ Obama Wants Iran Nuke Deal Too Much

Monday on PBS’s “Charlie Rose Show,” former defense secretary Robert Gates said he is “worried” his former boss President Barack Obama wants the nuclear deal with Iran too much. Gates said,”I think anybody who was ever engaged in negotiation knows


Gates: Hillary’s Private Email Server ‘A Risky Way to Do Business’

Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s practice of keeping her email server at home while doing official State Department communications is “a concern” and a “risky way


Gates: Best Presidents Don’t Think They Are Smartest Guy in the Room

Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was asked what question he would ask potential presidential candidates, he said the greatest presidents were all men who “never considered themselves the smartest guy in the room.”