Stacks of former US Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates' book, "DUTY, Memoirs Of A Secretary At War", are seen in Fairfax, Virginia January 14, 2014, as it debuts at local book stores. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards
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A doomed U.S. plan now on hold to train Syrian rebel fighters outside the country to fight ISIS was "nuts," former defense secretary Robert Gates said.President Barack Obama's administration has suspended its $500 million train and equip effort in the latest embarrassment concerning a Syria strategy that has stumbled from one setback to the next.Pentagon officials say that instead of training rebel units, the U.S. military would dole out weapons to favored commanders already on the ground.Two small groups of U.S.-trained fighters have crossed into Syria from training centers in Turkey or Jordan this year, but they did not last long.Gates also said Obama distrusted the military, which was "particularly true in Afghanistan".
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