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    My point is to make sure that people remain clear that this is a tactical decision by Obama. I have read numerous posts on this site praising this decision as evidence that the "adults are back in charge", that Gates is a representative of competence, that the National security team is a "dream team". This "reality based community" needs to be clear on who Gates is. He is not some super competent bureacrat who has cleaned up the Pentagon. He is a ling-time Bush family hack.

    As for the press conference I do believe that this was a deliberate effort to undermine. A loyal SecDef wouldn't be going out of his way to emphasize Obama's flexibility on the same day Obama said he was committed to the 16 month time table.

    Gates said he could subscribe to Obama's view. He noted that the president-elect had indicated a willingness to be flexible.

    "He did talk about the 16 months in terms of combat forces," Gates said. "But he also talked about a responsible drawdown and that he was willing to listen to the commanders."

    As noted in my diary Gates has a history of betraying Democratic presidents on behalf of Republican interests.

    I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution. Barbara Jordan

    by Lcohen on Thu Dec 04, 2008 at 10:45:12 AM PST

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