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Gates and Mullen vs. George Will

Money quotes from a Pentagon presser this afternoon with the Defense Secretary and Joint Chiefs chairman:

“The notion that you can conduct a purely kind of counterterrorist campaign and do it from a distance simply does not accord with reality,” Mr. Gates said, adding that successful methods required cooperation with local law enforcement, the use of internal security and intelligence.

Admiral Mullen added: “There’s no way to defeat al Qaeda with just that approach.”