?I know some in Asia have concluded that Afghanistan does not represent a strategic threat to their countries, owing in part to Afghanistan?s geographic location,? Mr. Gates said. ?But the threat from failed or failing states is international in scope.?
In representing Mr. Obama, Mr. Gates sought to draw a distinction between the new president and his predecessor. Mr. Gates noted that Mr. Obama had spent part of his childhood in Indonesia and that it was the first time ?that we have had a president with such a personal connection to the region.?''
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