Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates Provides A Harsh Critique Of President Obama In His Memoir

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates conducts a press conference at Camp Fallujah, Iraq, April 19, 2007. Gates is accompanied by, from left, Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multi-National Forces - Iraq; Maj. Gen. Walter E. Gaskin, commander of Multi-National Forces - Iraq West; Adm. William J. Fallon, commander of U.S. Central Command; Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multi-National Corps - Iraq; and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace. Wikipedia

Robert Gates, Former Defense Secretary, Offers Harsh Critique Of Obama’s Leadership In ‘Duty’ -- Washington Post

In a new memoir, former defense secretary Robert Gates unleashes harsh judgments about President Obama’s leadership and his commitment to the Afghanistan war, writing that by early 2010 he had concluded the president “doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.”

Leveling one of the more serious charges that a defense secretary could make against a commander in chief sending forces into combat, Gates asserts that Obama had more than doubts about the course he had charted in Afghanistan. The president was “skeptical if not outright convinced it would fail,” Gates writes in “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.”

Obama, after months of contentious discussion with Gates and other top advisers, deployed 30,000 more troops in a final push to stabilize Afghanistan before a phased withdrawal beginning in mid-2011. “I never doubted Obama’s support for the troops, only his support for their mission,” Gates writes.

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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates slams Obama's leadership style in new book -- FOX News
Robert Gates offers criticism of Obama, Biden, praises Hillary -- McClatchy News
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Former Defense Secretary Gates Blasts Obama in New Book -- US News and World Report
Barack Obama didn't believe his own war strategy: Robert Gates -- The Australian/AFP
Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates' Memoir Doesn't Make Anyone Look Good -- Government Executive
Afghanistan Games: Robert Gates, Obama, and Karzai -- New Yorker
Gates: Obama “Lost Faith” in his Afghanistan Policy -- Voice of America
Gates: Obama grew frustrated over Afghanistan -- Washington Post
Gates offers critical take on Obama's Afghan policy -- UPI
Obama White House most ‘controlling’ since Nixon, Kissinger - former defense sec -- RT
Gates: Obama lost faith in his Afghanistan policy -- USA Today
Gates dings Obama’s leadership, Biden’s foreign policy chops -- NBC
Former defense secretary doesn’t hold back in coming memoir -- Stars and Stripes
Gates: Obama and Clinton admitted opposition to Iraq surge was due to ’08 campaign -- Washington Post
Obama Called For Criminal Leak Investigation Into New York Times, New Book Claims -- Huffington Post
Gates: Obama wanted criminal investigation of leaks to New York Times -- Politico
Former Secretary Of Defense Bob Gates Basically Calls Joe Biden A National Security Risk -- Business Insider
Bob Gates Memoir Slams Joe Biden for Being ‘Wrong’ on Foreign Policy -- ABC News
Gates Slams Biden in Memoir, Reveals He Nearly Quit -- Time
Joe Biden Wrong All the Time, Says Old Colleague -- New York Magazine
How Bob Gates’s memoir could haunt Hillary in 2016 -- Chris Cillizza, Washington Post
Robert Gates was wrong on the most important issue he ever faced -- Max Fisher, Washington Post

My Comment: Here is an easy prediction .... this will all but guarantee that in the future a newly elected Democrat President will not be re-appointing a Republican to a post that he or she may have had in the prior administration .... after-all .... who needs this type of political blow-back. As to Robert Gate's criticisms of President Obama .... I do not know if they are justified are not .... they are after all his opinions .... but if he felt this strongly he should have resigned in 2010 when he had doubts on President Obama's commitment to the Afghan mission .... but as we now know he choose not to. Bob Woodward's Washington Post column has a few more interesting tidbits of information that will probably coax me to eventually buy and read the book .... but for the moment Woodward's post is a must read. as well as the New York Times review of this book.

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