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Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discuss the latest developments in the Middle East during a pre-taped interview that aired on Sunday, March 27, 2011, on CBS' "Face the Nation." Mr. Gates said he doesn't think that Libya is "a vital interest" for the United States but that the North African nation is part of a region that is of vital American interest. (AP Photo/CBS, Chris Usher)
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Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discuss the latest developments in the Middle East during a pre-taped interview that aired on Sunday, March 27, 2011, on CBS' "Face the Nation." Mr. Gates said he doesn't think that Libya is "a vital interest" for the United States but that the North African nation is part of a region that is of vital American interest. (AP Photo/CBS, Chris Usher)

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