by Basheert @8:52 AM MDT
Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, is certainly starting to vocalize and make waves. Two days ago, it was revealed that since replacing Donald Rumsfield (heckuva job Rummy), he (and Condisleezy) have made continued efforts to CLOSE Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Since Cheney et al cannot bear to have the inmates come to the US where they would have actual "rights" (human and otherwise), and Bushie has backed Cheney (duh), it never happened. Robert Gates has again repeated his wish to close that prison.
Now Mr. Gates has taken on Mr. McCain (sleezy also) (From Think Progress):
Gates Contradicts McCain, Says Iraq Debate Has Been ‘Helpful’
Earlier this week, Sen. John McCain appeared on NBC’s Today Show and said that the Senate debate over an Iraq phased withdrawal plan is aiding the enemy:
Look, the only guarantee of failure is to tell the enemy, “Hey, hang on; we’re leaving.” That’s what this message, this vote yesterday, tells them. I mean, a second-year cadet at West Point will tell you you don’t win wars by telling the enemy when you’re leaving."
McCain’s view is not shared by Bush’s Defense Secretary. Testifying before the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Robert Gates said that the Iraq debate in Congress has been “helpful in bringing pressure to bear on the Maliki government.”
Gates added that the congressional debate informs Iraqis that “there is a very real limit to American patience in this entire enterprise.” That’s a not a message McCain is interested in sending; he prefers signaling an open-ended commitment in Iraq.