Gates flew into Baghdad for an unannounced visit to assess a U.S. troop build-up aimed at buying leaders of Iraq's ethnic and religious groups more time to reach a political accommodation and press the government to move faster in passing the laws.
His comments were some of the strongest criticism of the Iraqi government, although he took care to stress that Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki faced "enormous obstacles" and deserved Washington's continued support.
Gates arrived on a day when the U.S. military said it had completed its troop build-up to 160,000 soldiers. Nearly 30,000 extra troops have been sent to Iraq, mainly to secure Baghdad.
As Bill Maher loves to say, this bunch has never been right about anything regarding this war and it seems their record will remain perfect.
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