Gates Calls Petraeus the 'Hero of the Hour'

The violence is down, most of the surge troops are home and Gen. David Petraeus is leaving the country. Now Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the U.S. mission in Iraq is about to change and the real debate is over how quickly U.S. troop levels should go down. "It's a transition from the focus of the surge brigades and the surge strategy to more Iraqi units in the lead -- us in more of a support and overwatch role," Gates told reporters as he flew to Iraq for his eighth visit here as defense...Full Story
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