Robert Gates: 'We're Not Ever Leaving' Afghanistan
In a shocking indication of a split between the White House and the Pentagon over the war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates believes that the U.S. military will never leave the war-torn country.
During a dinner hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for Afghan President Hamid Karzai in May, Gates reminded the group that he still feels guilty for his role in the first President Bush's decision to pull out of Afghanistan after the Soviet withdrawal in 1989, according to Bob Woodward's new book, "Obama's Wars."
And to express his commitment to not letting down the country again, he emphasized:
"We're not leaving Afghanistan prematurely," Gates finally said. "In fact, we're not ever leaving at all."