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I think considerable care needs to be taken in terms of what is said, so that the rhetoric doesn’t threaten what policy can’t deliver.

— Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, advising fellow Republicans to cut back on criticizing President Obama over the United States’ response to the crisis in Ukraine during an interview with the Washington Post’s David Ignatius.