The president's national security team found no quarter yesterday when they trooped up to Capitol Hill to defend the new Iraq strategy. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who appeared before the House Armed Services Committee with Gen Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, must have anticipated as much.
In his opening statement before the committee, chaired by by Missouri Democrat Ike Skelton, Gates' prepared remarks included this passage: "While I doubt Gen. Pace and I can change many minds here today, perhaps we can allay at least some of your concerns."
He was right about not changing any minds, and wrong about allaying concerns. But maybe Gates sensed that as soon as he walked into the crowded hearing room. That passage was curiously absent when Gates read his statement.
Posted by David Goldstein