Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates talks foreign policy at Westmont event

Former United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made the rounds in Santa Barbara yesterday with a speech at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree and a Q&A in front of a panel of Westmont students about the difficulties concerning American foreign policy. “Our country’s leadership and influence are being questioned in ways we have not seen in a very long time,” Gates said. In addition to serving as Secretary of Defense under two presidents from different political parties, Gates also spent 26 years working for the CIA and National Security Council before retiring as director of the CIA in 1993 under President George H.W. Bush. more

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