Gates: No US 'rush for exits' in Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates gestures while speaking during a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, June 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

June 9, 2011 8:04:20 AM PDT
The United States won't "rush to the exits" from Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday, attempting to ease concerns after Germany warned that pulling too many Americans out of the 10-year war could risk NATO's strategy.