Secretary Gates: Nothing More Important than Succeeding in Iraq
Posted by thebosun on December 22, 2006
Defense Secretary Robert Gates conducts a press conference after meeting with top generals in Iraq as Gen. George Casey, commander, Multinational Forces-Iraq, Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the joint chief of staff and Gen. John Abizaid, commander US Central Command look on, December. 20, 2006. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
Gates: Nothing More Important Than Succeeding in Iraq
By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service
BAGHDAD – Succeeding in Iraq is the Defense Department’s top priority, newly sworn-in Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, said here today.
“I’m confident we can do so,” Gates said in a news briefing at Al Faw Palace, headquarters of Multinational Corps Iraq.
The secretary said he came on this surprise Iraq visit “to hear sort of first-hand candid, honest assessments from our commanders on how to proceed forward in Iraq, particularly since they’ll be the ones to implement whatever decisions are made.”
Gates noted that he’s been to Iraq before and has spoken to many of the commanders he met with here today, most recently as a member of the Iraq Study Group. Members of the bi-partisan group visited here earlier this year and released their report to the president and Congress on Dec. 6.
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