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12/05/06--Robert M. Gates, President BushÕs pick to become Defense secretary, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing. He told the panel Tuesday that he believes the United States is losing the war in Iraq would make it his Òhighest priorityÓ if confirmed. He warned members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that if Iraq were not stabilized it could lead to a Òregional conflagrationÓ in one or two years. Responding to concerns from lawmakers, Gates said he was open to new ideas for winning the war and pledged to Òseek your counsel and take it seriously.Ó Gates said, ÒIn my view, all options are on the table, in terms of how we address this problem in Iraq, in terms of how we can be more successful and how we can, at some point, begin to draw down our forces." Lawmakers clarified that Gates would have to steer a new course in Iraq and in relations with the Congress than that defined by his predecessor, Donald H. Rumsfeld. Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

12/05/06--Robert M. Gates, President BushÕs pick to become Defense secretary, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing. He told the panel Tuesday that he believes the United States is losing the war in Iraq would make it his Òhighest priorityÓ if confirmed. He warned members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that if Iraq were not stabilized it could lead to a Òregional conflagrationÓ in one or two years....
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