Something for me because Robert Gates and his book he wrote an exchange. And he says that change. Startled him that. You President Obama says that in the -- the surge in. Iraq. You have both done for... See More
Something for me because Robert Gates and his book he wrote an exchange. And he says that change. Startled him that. You President Obama says that in the -- the surge in. Iraq. You have both done for political race because she -- a political box to hear the -- of making these admissions and in front of me. -- this is pricing as it was dismaying. Well I think that at Bob who was to someone I admire and really appreciated serving when it. I think he perhaps either missed the context where the meaning because I did oppose the search remember when it happened. There was an independent very prestigious bipartisan group. That had recommended that the United States begin withdrawing from Iraq the public had given up this is not. Politics in electoral political terms this is politics in the sense of the American public has to support. Commitments like this I oppose the search thankfully when. The surge was ordered anyway. There were two events that coincided one General Petraeus. Implemented differently than it had been described to me and others in congress. But secondly the so called Sunni awakening occurred at Santa gets very gates get this wrong -- you -- in front I have I have no memory of that I've no memory of that but I I don't in any -- doubt what he heard I'm just saying that there was a much broader context and also say you -- have -- -- regret about the original took off for a absolutely Iraq when I got it wrong plain and simple. Saying a mistake as a sign of strength -- apologize -- but that absolutely and you know. I -- I placed my. My confidence my vote. In the wrong place. And I deeply regret that I I tried to evaluate and analyze all the different elements. He voted. To give the president the authorization. I thought he would use it differently nevertheless I'm I did cast that vote I said in the years that -- that I regretted it I think I should have said sooner and and more plainly more clearly. I was wrong.
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