US is not winning the war in Iraq, says defense secretary nominee Robert Gates at Senate confirmation hearings Tuesday

December 5, 2006, 6:08 PM (GMT+02:00)


DEBKAfile: This was the first admission by a senior administration official that the United States is losing the war against the Sunni insurgency. Until Nov. 8, when President Bush nominated Gates in place of Donald Rumsfeld, the nominee was a member of the bipartisan Iraq Study Team, which submits its final report Wednesday. He also told the Senate committee Tuesday, that if he is confirmed as defense secretary he knows his decisions in the next two years will determine key Middle East issues. This statement has broad implications for Israel’s strategic standing. The consensus in the Bush administration is that Israel failed to overcome Hizballah in the Lebanon war just as the United States is not winning the war against the Sunni guerrilla and its al Qaeda allies.

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