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Gates, Open

I was impressed with Elizabeth Rubin's engaging profile of Robert Gates [Feb. 15]. I have a new respect for and confidence in Gates and President Obama's choice.

Kermita Thornton, OKLAHOMA CITY

Why do U.S. leaders like Gates persist in the old ideas of wars, troops and battlefields? Sending troops across the world to "win" is a fundamentally flawed and outmoded concept--not to speak of the fact that we as a nation cannot afford it. The terrorists are slowly bleeding our nation toward ruin as we are drawn into war after impossible war.

Robert Anderson, IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO

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