Gates Speaks Out On Defense Job

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

He was once a beloved Texas A&M president, now Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is speaking out on his current job.

"The truth of the matter is, being secretary of war in a time of war is a very painful thing .. How can you like a job when you go to Walter Reed and you know you sent those young men and women in harm’s way?" he asks Couric. "Every single person in combat today I sent there and I never forget that for a second. I don’t enjoy my job."

During a candid interview with Katie Couric, Gates says the job of wartime defense secretary is not a job anybody should like to have.

Couric spoke numerous times to Gates while on on a trip to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan last week, representing the most access that Gates has given to a television reporter.

You can see more on this 60 Minutes interview with Gates this Sunday at 6 p.m. on News 3.

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