Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War - Chapter 5: Beyond Iraq: A Complicated World Summary & Analysis

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Gates begins the book’s fifth chapter by saying that the United States faced problems in a number of places other than Iraq and Afghanistan. He says that during the 1990s, following the end of the Cold War, the U.S. developed a penchant for telling others how to behave both at home and abroad, so some governments and people welcomed 9/11 because it humbled an arrogant nation. Gates goes on to describe his attempts, often in concert with Secretary of State Rice, to work with the Russians on U.S. efforts to develop missile defense capabilities in Poland and the Czech Republic, resulting in a number of often-futile trips to Russia. He likens the effort to work with the Russians on missile defense to Sisyphus trying to roll a rock uphill. The relationship between the U.S. and Russia...

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