Gates clarifies: Obama didn’t say his opposition to surge was political Staff
Posted: Jan 13, 2014 9:57 AM
Former defense secretary Robert Gates on Monday clarified comments made in his book, saying he didn't mean to contend that President Obama opposed the troop surge in Iraq for political purposes. "What I say in the book was that the president conceded a lot of opposition to the surge had been political," Gates said on NBC's "Today Show." "He never said that his opposition had been political. And, in fact, his opposition was consistent with his opposition to the war all along."