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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Sir! Whatever you want us to say today, Sir!

Gates had breakfast with U.S. soldiers to hear their views.

"Sir, I think we need to just keep doing what we're doing," Specialist Jason Glenn told Gates.

"I really think we need more troops here. With more presence on the ground, more troops might hold them (the insurgents) off long enough to where we can get the Iraqi army trained up."

None of the soldiers present said U.S. forces should be brought home, and none said current troop levels were adequate.
Not a word in the article about HOW these particular soldiers were selected to break their fasts with the new War Secretary. Given that more troops was W's line yesterday, it seems a safe bet that agreeing with it was the price of admission.

Still, one of a few hand-picked soldiers tells Gates what he wants to hear (today anyway), and the Reuters/Yahoo News headline screams:
Soldiers in Iraq urge Gates to send more troops
Amazing how the calls for withdrawal following the election have morphed into a debate about escalation in just over a month.