42. Gates Impressed by Obama
“I was impressed by his reaching out to Adm. Mullen to come sit down and talk with him,” said Gates, referring to Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “And he has made clear that he wants to have a regular dialogue with the chairman and the chiefs and the commanders.”
The situation in Iraq has changed, he said, pointing to the new security agreement with the Iraqis that calls for U.S. troops to be out of the cities by next June 30 and out of the country by Jan. 1, 2012.