Gates: July 2011 Not An Afghanistan 'Exit Strategy,' But A 'Transition'
Appearing on This Week, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the plan for Afghanistan is not properly called an exit strategy. "Well, first of all, I don't consider this an exit strategy. And I try to avoid using that term. I think this is a transition," said Gates. He further explained: "Well, from my standpoint, the decision in terms of when a district or a cluster of districts or a province is ready to be turned over to the Afghan security forces is a judgment that will be made by our commanders on the ground, not here in Washington."
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Feingold: Stopping Afghanistan Surge Will Be Difficult, 'We'll Do Whatever We Can'
Appearing on This Week, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) said he would do what he could to fight the Afghanistan troop surge. "And what's going to happen here is that it's probably going to be difficult to stop it now. We'll do whatever we can," said Feingold. "We're already working with members of both parties in both houses to question whether this funding should be approved. We're going to fight any attempts to use sort of accounting gimmicks to allow it to be funded. If there's an attempt to have an emergency supplemental, I think that's something we're going to oppose, not only on the grounds of it being an unwise policy, but also being fiscally irresponsible."