WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday said he has no doubt that the US war strategy in Afghanistan is sound.
A new book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward alleges that President Barack Obama's top advisers clashed on how to approach the Afghan war. Woodward suggests that, in the end, the US exit plan pleased no one and was driven more by politics than national security.
Gates shrugged off the allegations in a news conference on Thursday, telling reporters that "conflict sells" but that relationships within the Obama administration were more "harmonious" than he had ever seen in his time in government.
When asked if he held any personal reservations about the war strategy, Gates said no. He said he would not sign the deployment orders if he did not believe the plan could work.