As noted below, a lot of the reporting on Robert Gates’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee will be misleading or trivial. But if you read the answers Gates supplied in advance to the Committee’s questions, there is some interesting information. For example, Gates gives the President’s enemies no comfort on the decision to go to war in Iraq (p. 13):
Question: What do you believe to be the major lessons learned from the Iraq invasion and the ongoing effort to stabilize the country?
I agreed with President Bush