Leaky Ships

Obama 'Angrier than Bob Gates'

Nobody likes a leaker, least of all President Obama. During a round of network interviews, Obama told CBS's Chip Reid that he is "angrier than Bob Gates" about the leaks surrounding his deliberations on strategy in Afghanistan. Obama said, "we have these deliberations in the Situation Room for a reason—because we are making decisions that are life-and-death," calling the slips "not appropriate." When Reid asked if the leaks were a "firing offense" Obama said "absolutely." Obama is close to a decision on Afghanistan, which he will announce in the "next several weeks" he said during an interview with CNN's Ed Henry. The new plan will set out "clear benchmarks" for Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government, Obama said, and will include "clarity about what we're doing, how we're going to succeed, how much this is going to cost" and the burden on "young men and women in uniform".