US troop withdrawal overshadows defence personnel changes - Telegraph
Mr Gates said during a visit to Afghanistan earlier this month that it is too soon to adjust strategy, even taking into account the impact of the May 2 killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
Mr Gates also has cautioned against a rapid drawdown of US forces. He has argued that more time is needed to pound the Taliban to the point where its leaders will feel compelled to engage in serious peace talks. On the other hand, the administration knows the US public is weary of war – its human and financial costs.