In April of 2011, after an extensive search the U.S. Secret Service thought they had finally found the hiding place of Osama bin Laden: a house outside the tourist center in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The plan was to enter the residence with an elite commando group to capture the founder of the terrorist network Al Qaeda. A plan that Robert Gates, the former Director of the CIA and then Secretary of Defense of the U.S., thought to be too bold. The best authorized and most prepared to advise the President for such an important decision, he explained his arguments to Barack Obama and tried to convince him to back down. Two days later, Obama did the opposite.
In the following, Robert Gates, speaker at World Business Forum New York 2012, reveals memories and his point of view on leadership and politics in a preview of the interview that will be published in the next edition of WOBI Magazine.
With current President of the World Bank Robert Zoellick stepping down, and considering the particular global economic situation we are facing, a new leader could be a great opportunity to see real change. Our exclusive video of the day features the economist campaigning for that role.