Wednesday, December 06, 2006

"Be Fearless," Sen. John Warner Beseeches

Robert Gates won unanimous support from the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, the Washington Post reports; and the current chairman, Virginia's senior senator implored Gates to forget the niceties and speak truth to power.

"You simply have to be fearless -- I repeat, fearless" in counseling the president on Iraq and other critical Pentagon matters, advised the committee chairman, Sen. John W. Warner, (R-Va.).
In other words, no more toadying and medals of freedom for sucking-up.

Gates assured the Senate panel that he had "no intention of coming to Washington 'to be a bump on a log and not to say exactly what I think, and to speak candidly and, frankly, boldly to people at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue."

He also pointed out that he was coming to Washington without resigning his post as president of Texas A & M and "emphasized that he did not seek the job of defense secretary, saying, 'I don't owe anybody anything.'"

Well, let's just see how well Mr. Gates gets along with Cheney and whatever neocon foot soldiers still remain at the White House.

In the meantime, the Associated Press reports that White House Press Secretary Tony Snow claims Bush is "already...taking the advice of Warner who is quoted as telling the president that he "has a 'moral obligation' to seek input on a new Iraq strategy from Democrats who are about to take control of Congress."

Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Virginia GOP bloggers.

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