This isn't back peddling. Gates still thinks he won, Obama is covering his ass because he knew he spoke out of turn. What you are doing is taking this and spinning in completely off into left field. The department still admitted they were wrong, that has never been retracted. Nothing in that report has changed. Crowley still screwed up.
You go ahead and continue dreaming that either of these two men are giving ground for their mistakes. They are not.