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Robert Gates on the emotions he felt when writing condolence letters

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Gates: Obama Made Solid Decisions, But Was Swayed By Factious Staff

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On 'Morning Edition': Steve Inskeep and David Greene discuss NPR's interview with Robert Gates

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Ari Shapiro on 'Morning Edition'

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