Gates Says U.S. Not Winning War in Iraq
Robert Gates is getting enthusiastic praise for saying the U.S. in not winning the war in Iraq in his confirmation hearings for Defense Secretary.
“Mr. Gates, do you believe that we are currently winning in Iraq?” Mr. Levin asked.
“No, sir,” Mr. Gates replied, going on to agree with the senator that a political settlement is needed to end the blood-letting, and that the United States needed to convey “a sense of urgency” to the Iraqis about reaching an accord.
Mr. Levin said Mr. Gates’s remarks amounted to a “necessary, refreshing breath of reality.”
Senator McCain pursued the point about victory being elusive. “We are not winning the war in Iraq, is that correct?” the senator asked.
“That is my view, yes, senator,” Mr. Gates replied.
“And therefore the status quo is not acceptable?” Mr. McCain pressed.
“That is correct, sir,” Mr. Gates said.
He added that the United States is not losing the war, either.
This would seem a blinding flash of the obvious. I guess any admission that one’s side is not 100% successful amounts to political courage in D.C. these days.
No word yet on Gates’ views as to whether the sky is blue, water is wet, and other vexing questions of our time.