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Section: General News - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has sounded a cautious tone on the United States' ability to help democracy advocates in the Middle East. Gates used what was expected to be a routine speech at a library opening Thursday to send a message about the difference between moral support for the activists and what the United States can and should do based on its national security interests.
It is a thin line many U.S. officials have been trying to walk for months now, since people in several Middle Eastern countries began marching for freedom.
President Barack Obama has made clear the United States supports the spread of democracy, and has urged …