Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that sending U.S. Marines to Afghanistan will keep pressure on the Taliban and doesn’t “reflect dissatisfaction” with NATO countries’ performance.
He was trying to smooth over comments a day earlier that sparked an international furor. The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that Gates said U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan are doing a terrific job but that he is concerned that NATO allies are not well-trained in counterinsurgency operations.
“Allied forces … have stepped up to the plate and are playing a significant and powerful role in Afghanistan,” Gates told a Defense Department news conference, which officials said had purposely been rescheduled for earlier in the day Thursday to meet European news deadlines.
One simple rule for anyone of power in our government should be “think before you speak”. Since our President can’t even follow this basic principal, it is of no shock that his subordinates can’t. Of course ignoring that rule does lead to problems – sometimes deadly problems.