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  1. Benjamin Cole

    Someone ought to read the Gates book.

    I am.

    Here Gates quoting Bush 43:

    “Why do people join the military if they don’t want to fight and defend the country?”

    Bush was angered that the entire military was trying to block his plan to extend soldier stays in Iraq to 15 months from 12 months, to help effect the surge. That was too much to ask of uniformed employees of the US government, evidently.

    Gates also says the Pentagon was uninterested in winning in Iraq, as it conflicted with their peacetime goals of developing new weapons systems.

    I could go on….but read the book.

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