"Undermining my electoral viability since 2001."

Secretary Gates

I'm not paying real close attention, but my scan of the news reveals two big statements by Secretary of Defense to-be Robert Gates:

1) We're not winning in Iraq.

2) We're going to be required there for a "long time."

Does that seem nonsensical to anyone else? How long do we have to keep losing (killing and dying) before we meet our "requirements?"