The first time I noted this, it was late 2006, when Bush had nominated Gates for the SecDef position — not surprisingly, to the objection of pretty much ZERO democrats.
“While not advocating for an immediate exit, the panel wants American combat troops out of the country by 2008. Now that they have a better idea of when the infidels will be clearing out, I’m sure the jihadists in Iraq will be grateful for the heads-up so they’ll be able to plan a little time with the relatives in Europe, or maybe apply for one of those student-terrorist diversity placements at Yale.
One of the study group’s members commented the “U.S. isn’t winning or losing in Iraq,” thereby demonstrating a breathtaking level of nuance that could only emanate from the over inflated windbag of a true academic — or from an orifice belonging to Sen. John Kerry.This same individual also commented that “all options are on the table,” as though he’s talking about the buffet at his local Red Lobster, when I would think his job was to recommend a few decent dishes.Unfortunately, both of these brain droppings fell from the mouth of Bob Gates — Bush’s new nominee for Defence Secretary. Not surprisingly, he seems to be one of the few Republican appointees whom the liberal Democrats like.The panel recommends that America place Mideast peace in the hands of Iran and Syria — the same Syria that has been cited for severe human rights abuses and provides cash and cover to terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas.”Usually when we speak of the “fog of war”, it refers to the murkiness of battle and decisions made within that context.
It does not typically refer to the murkiness of one’s own thoughts when speaking ABOUT the war, as was apparently the case with SecDef Robert Gates this week, when he said to the LA Times of allied military efforts against terrorists/Taliban in Afghanistan:
“Our (American) guys in the east, under Gen. Rodriguez, are doing a terrific job. They’ve got the (counterinsurgency) thing down pat,” Gates said. “But I think our allies over there, this is not something they have any experience with.”
Canada’s Defence Minister and avid rugby player, Peter MacKay, whose country has seen 77 military deaths in Afghanistan to date, replied:
“I think we have it right. Clearly, we have to prepare ourselves for the changing face of warfare, and counterinsurgency is not something we are just encountering in Afghanistan.”
Likewise, I’m sure the Brits are thrilled to hear Gates’ dire assessment of their skills.
Incidentally, Gates gave an interview to the lefties at NPR yesterday, which was picked up by Ahmadinejad’s “news” network in Iran, with the headline, “Gates: Iran Poses No Threat To US”. The article says he “dismisses” previous American concerns.
Does that trigger-yap (that’s probably his secret service name) come with a safety? If so, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD…ENGAGE!! MAYDAY, MAYDAY!