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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates tells students in Oklahoma the future is in their hands

About 5,000 people came to Gallagher-Iba Arena on the Oklahoma State campus on Wednesday to listen to Gates, who served as the 22nd Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. Gates also worked in the Central Intelligence Agency beginning in 1966 and served as the director of the CIA from 1991 to 1993.
by Adam Kemp Modified: October 24, 2012 at 10:30 pm •  Published: October 25, 2012
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Despite a grim outlook on foreign affairs, such as in China and the Middle East, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said he remains optimistic about the future of the United States.

Approximately 5,000 people came to Gallagher-Iba Arena on the Oklahoma State campus on Wednesday to listen to Gates, who served as the 22nd secretary of defense from 2006 to 2011.

Gates also worked with the Central Intelligence Agency beginning in 1966 and served as director from 1991 to 1993.

OSU President Burns Hargis said Gates' knowledge should provide students and the Stillwater community with interesting insight during the height of election season.

“Having served our nation under eight U.S. presidents, allows him to share insight on national security matters that few others can provide,” Hargis said.

Gates' first topic of significance was about China and what its growing power in the world means for international protection.

“The impact of China with respect to global trade, commerce and balance of payments is well known,” Gates said. “What is less well known are the global security implications due to China's growing wealth and influence. We know that China is investing its huge foreign cash reserve, which now reaches several trillion dollars, in new military capabilities that could alter the balance of military power in the Pacific.”

Gates then shifted his speech to the Middle East; focusing on Iran and its desire to develop nuclear weapons. Gates said the conflict between Israel and Iran cannot be allowed to escalate for fear of the U.S. being drawn into another conflict.

“Let there be no mistake,” he said, “an Israeli attack would be seen in the region and in the Muslim world more broadly as being sanctioned and underwritten by the United States, with the same consequences that would attach to a direct American strike.”

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by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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