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Robert Gates, Mike Mullen Spin Tales of Budget Woe at CSIS Event

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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates (left) and retired Adm. Mike Mullen spoke at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where they tweaked partisans on both sides for their reluctance to compromise.

He explained that his original answer to a reporter's question was a straightforward way of demonstrating the "abundant disorder in our fiscal house," which he was reluctant to predict would be fixed anytime soon.

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