NEW YORK, NY, January 7, 2014 — Former head of the CIA and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who served under the administrations of both President George W. Bush and President Barak Obama, questions Obama’s leadership in his new book Duty: Memoirs of a secretary at War scheduled for release on January 14th, 2014.
Gates criticizes Obama for a lack of commitment to the mission of the Afghan War, and for allowing President Biden to sway his opinion of senior military leaders. One quote from ‘Duty’ says, “As I sat there I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.”
Gates goes even deeper in his critique of the president’s leadership. He writes, “The president was “skeptical if not outright convinced it would fail,” also writing that he never doubted Obama’s support for the troops, he only doubted Obama’s support for their mission, according to a Washington Post Book Review
With regard to Vice President Joe Biden, Gates, quipped, “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
The white house responded in a statement disagreeing with Gates and touting Biden’s record.
It seems that differences in opinion with the two past commanders-in-chief did less to wear down Gates than did dealing with a polarized Congress and Washington bureaucracies that put self before country.
In an essay published by The Wall Street Journal, Gates wrote: “All too often during my 4½ years as secretary of defense, when I found myself sitting yet again at that witness table at yet another congressional hearing, I was tempted to stand up, slam the briefing book shut and quit on the spot. The exit lines were on the tip of my tongue: I may be the secretary of defense, but I am also an American citizen, and there is no son of a bitch in the world who can talk to me like that. I quit. Find somebody else. It was, I am confident, a fantasy widely shared throughout the executive branch.”
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