Our potential next Secretary of Defense says we’re not winning:
Robert Gates, the White House choice to be the next defense secretary, conceded Tuesday that the United States is losing the war in Iraq and warned that if that country is not stabilized in the next year or two it could lead to a “regional conflagration.”
Gates, 63, said he believes President Bush wants to see Iraq improve to the point where it can govern and defend itself, while seeking a new approach. “What we are now doing is not satisfactory,” Gates said.
“In my view, all options are on the table, in terms of how we address this problem in Iraq,” he added.
Asked point-blank by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., whether the U.S. is winning in Iraq, Gates replied, “No, sir.”
However, past evidence has shown that this administration doesn’t let bad news get in the way of spin – and this time is no different, to wit:
At today’s meeting with reporters at the White House, the major topics for Press Secretary Tony Snow, as expected, were the pending release of the Iraq Study Group’s report — and today’s surprise, the admission by Robert Gates, at his confirmation hearings as new Pentagon chief, that the U.S., indeed, is not winning the war in Iraq.
Snow said that, as far as he knows, the president has not backed away from his recent statement that the U.S. is actually “winning” in Iraq. He also suggested that Gates, elsewhere in his testimony, seemed to say that maybe we weren’t losing and we weren’t winning. And he charged that the press was being too negative about all this: “What I think is demoralizing is a constant effort to try to portray this as a losing mission,” he said.
“We weren’t losing and we weren’t winning?”
Huh? What’s that then, here I am, stuck in the middle with you?
Good lord, but this administration has become a caricature of what real leadership and real responsibility look like. One would think that the electoral thrashing they received a few weeks ago might have been a wakey-wakey call, but no… they’re going to sleep clear on through 2008 by the look of things.
I don’t look forward to voting for more Democrats, but when the Republicans, even after a defeat, continue to strive for public image idiocy, what’s a boy to do?