Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information for the shows, so we can let them know what their viewers want asked.

And on Sunday at 4 PM ET, tune in to Air America Radio’s “Seder on Sundays” program, where I’ll offer the Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up.

For Defense Secretary Robert Gates (ABC’s This Week, Fox News Sunday): During your confirmation hearing in December 2006, you said:

Our military forces win the battles that they fight [but] the areas where we’re having our challenges, frankly, are principally in the areas of stabilization and political developments…

In the president’s address this week, he conceded that after the military surge, “The [Iraqi] government has not met its own legislative benchmarks.”

As there have been no significant political developments since your hearing, by your own standard, isn’t the only conclusion we can make is that the president’s strategy is a failure?


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