Petreaeus Opposes a Rapid Pullout in Afghanistan

An interesting sequence of events. On Saturday General Petraeus is interviewed by NBC for the Meet The Press show to be broadcast on Sunday and says that any withdrawal is conditioned on the situation in Afghanistan. Video-Link TV » Video: Petraeus: Afghanistan withdrawal will be ‘conditions-based’

On Sunday, in an interview, Secretary Gates says the withdrawal will proceed as scheduled as by then we will know if the strategy is working. BBC News - Robert Gates says US exit from Afghanistan on course

On Monday Gates announces his intention to retire in 2011. Robert Gates Plans To Retire In 2011

One wonders if there is a cause and effect relationship in these events. General Petraeus is much more adept at dealing with the news media than the average general officer. I wonder if gates was the loser in some behind the scenes battle?

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