Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Gates is on making the announcement about troop deployment being extended to 15 months, along with a commitment to a full year at home between deployments, and he said:

In terms of why we're announcing it simultaneously with the unit commanders, I'll be very blunt. Some very thoughtless person in this building made the unilateral decision yesterday to deny the army the opportunity to notify unit commanders who could then talk to their troops 48 hours before we made a public announcement. And, I can't tell you how angry it makes many of us that one individual would create potentially so much hardship not only for our servicemen and women but their families, by letting them read about something like this in the newspapers.

I blame Barbara Starr (joke).