Monday, December 18, 2006

New Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

President Bush made a statement today at Robert Gates swearing in ceremony as the new Secretary of Defense.

After his confirmation Gates stated (available on the same page as Bush's statement):
"All of us want to find a way to bring America's sons and daughters home again. But, as the President has made clear, we simply cannot afford to fail in the Middle East. Failure in Iraq at this juncture would be a calamity that would haunt our nation, impair our credibility, and endanger Americans for decades to come."

Want to read the media's reaction? Check out the Washington Post's "Gates Sworn in as Defense Secretary" or the New York Times article "Replacing Rumsfield, Gates Issues warning on Iraq."

Want to know more about Gates? Check out the blog posting "Who is Robert M. Gates?"

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