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Guy Whitey Corngood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-05-09 11:25 AM
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Gates: Military to adhere to Obama's decision
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Shouldn't this just go without saying. I mean, is this something that actually needs to be said given who commands the armed forces?

WASHINGTON Despite the fierce policy divide inside the White House over Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that the military will fall in line with whatever President Barack Obama decides.

The debate over whether to send as many as 40,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan is a major element of the strategy overhaul that senior administration policy advisers will consider this week as they gather for at least two top-level meetings on the evolving direction in the war.

At issue is whether U.S. forces should continue to focus on fighting the Taliban and securing the Afghan population, or shift to more narrowly targeting al-Qaida terrorists believed to be hiding in Pakistan with unmanned spy drones and covert operations.

"Speaking for the Department of Defense, once the commander in chief makes his decisions, we will salute and execute those decisions faithfully and to the best of our ability," Gates told the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army.

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  -Gates: Military to adhere to Obama's decision Guy Whitey Corngood  Oct-05-09 11:25 AM   #0 
  - n/t  Ineeda   Oct-05-09 11:28 AM   #1 
  - sure, sure, that's the ticket. salute and follow orders. sure  mopinko   Oct-05-09 11:28 AM   #2 
  - It's perhaps in response to the suggestion by one, Senor Ernesto Augusto Bilko of NewsMin,  Joe Chi Minh   Oct-05-09 11:36 AM   #3 
  - Not that I support this war. But isn't it sad that the Sec Of Defense  Guy Whitey Corngood   Oct-05-09 12:09 PM   #5 
     - Absolutely. But the US is a country of extremes, including some extraordinarily  Joe Chi Minh   Oct-05-09 05:55 PM   #18 
  - How kind of them!  Birthmark   Oct-05-09 12:01 PM   #4 
  - They'd better. That's what the Constitution says.  alarimer   Oct-05-09 12:16 PM   #6 
  - You're right, BUT  WriteDown   Oct-05-09 12:18 PM   #7 
     - Retired general. nt  Guy Whitey Corngood   Oct-05-09 12:28 PM   #9 
     - Resigned General  NashuaDW   Oct-05-09 12:39 PM   #11 
     - I stand corrected. nt  Guy Whitey Corngood   Oct-05-09 12:43 PM   #12 
     - But Eisenhower did not become President by disobeying his CIC.  No Elephants   Oct-06-09 05:11 AM   #19 
  - Possibly Gates is reacting to recent RW crap about a military coup.  No Elephants   Oct-05-09 12:19 PM   #8 
  - Like they are doing Obama a big favor. nt  tblue37   Oct-05-09 01:28 PM   #15 
  - Biden's proposal for relying on Predator strikes is a stupid proposal  IndianaGreen   Oct-05-09 12:34 PM   #10 
  - As If They Had a Choice?  swilton   Oct-05-09 12:46 PM   #13 
  - Big money. And there is big money to be made via wars.  No Elephants   Oct-06-09 05:13 AM   #20 
  - And why wouldn't this be Standard Operating Procedure?  MaineDem   Oct-05-09 12:46 PM   #14 
  - Why does this have to be announced? That's what they're supposed to do.  damntexdem   Oct-05-09 02:30 PM   #16 
  - I love all the responses so far!!!  timtom   Oct-05-09 02:44 PM   #17 
  - Well thats mighty kind of him  Sky Masterson   Oct-06-09 05:16 AM   #21 

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