The easiest way to achieve complete strategic victory is to do something that makes no sense, or even is self-destructive.Other concerns of the Congress were Gates' and William Casey's (Reagan's CIA Director) willingness to slant intelligence to fit their own views.
1991 wasn't the first time Gates had been nominated for the CIA post. In 1987 Reagan had put him forward, but Gates had to withdraw his nomination because the Senate Intelligence Committee did not believe his denials of involvement in Iran-Contra. Later, in 1991, he testified 33 times he did not recall any facts of Iran-Contra.
Interestingly, the Chicago Tribune did NOT endorse Robert Gates for CIA Director.
Currently, Gates is busy saying the U.S. doesn't want to bomb Iran, while blaming them for Iran weapons found in Iraq.
First, Gates would know about Iranian weapons (see Iran-Contra).
Second, the Iranian weapon connection was quickly debunked.
Third, Gates' isn't worried about Saudi Arabia's funding of Sunni militias?