"For far too long, this issue has divided and distracted us," BSA National President Robert M. Gates said after the vote. "Now it's time to unite behind our shared belief in the extraordinary power of Scouting to be a force for good in a community and in the lives of its youth members."
"In the end, the Iraqi leadership did not try to get an agreement through their parliament that would have made possible a continued U.S. military presence after Dec. 3," Robert M. Gates, the defense secretary during the troop surge, wrote in his memoir, "Duty." "Maliki was just too fearful of the political consequences. Most Iraqis wanted us gone. It was a regrettable turn of events for our future influence in Iraq and our strategic position in the region. And a win for Iran."