Why Does Gates Hate Our Troops?

This is from today's confirmation hearings for Gates:

Robert Gates, U.S. President George W. Bush's choice to take over the Pentagon, said on Tuesday America was not winning in Iraq and warned the Middle East could explode into violence.

Appearing at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gates said Bush wanted him to take a fresh look at the war and that all options were on the table.

Asked by Democratic Sen. Carl Levin (news, bio, voting record) of Michigan if the United States was winning in Iraq, Gates replied: "No, sir."

So why does Bush's pick to head the Pentagon hate our troops? That is what people like Coulter, Malkin and all the other wingnuts say when a Democrat dares to utter such words. Will they say the same thing about Gates, or continue to be the two-faced idiots they have been all this time? My gut says they will go with the latter.