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Ex-Defense Secretary Gates Goes After Obama & Biden in New Book

Ex-Defense Secretary Gates Slams Obama, Biden & Clinton in New Book

In a new book due out later this month, describes President Obama as “a man of personal integrity” who nonetheless was skeptical of his administration’s “surge” strategy in Afghanistan and openly distrustful of the military leadership, The Washington Post and The New York Times report Tuesday

The Times writes:

“At a pivotal meeting in the situation room in March 2011, Mr. Gates said, Mr. Obama opened with a blast of frustration over his Afghan policy — expressing doubts about Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander he had chosen, and questioning whether he could do business with the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai.”
” ‘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,’ Mr. Gates writes. ‘For him, it’s all about getting out.’ ”
“Gates’ criticisms are in sharp contrast to the public praise he heaped on his boss in the summer of 2010 while he was defense secretary. At the time, Gates said Obama was ‘very thoughtful and analytical, but he is also quite decisive.’ Likewise, in the same timeframe, Woodward says the president told him: ‘Bob Gates has, I think, served me extraordinarily well. And part of the reason is, you know, I’m not sure if he considers this an insult or a compliment, but he and I actually think a lot alike, in broad terms.’ ”
And, according to the Times:

“Mr. Gates reveals the depth of Mr. Obama’s concerns over leaks of classified information to news outlets, noting that within his first month in office, the new president said he wanted a criminal investigation into disclosures on Iran policy published by The New York Times.”
“Mr. Gates, too, ordered a campaign to stamp out unauthorized disclosures, but grew rankled when White House officials always blamed the Pentagon for leaks. ‘Only the president would acknowledge to me he had problems with leaks in his own shop,’ Mr. Gates writes.”

The Post writes:

“Gates offers a catalogue of various meetings, based in part on notes that he and his aides made at the time, including an exchange between Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that he calls ‘remarkable.'”
“He writes: ‘Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. . . . The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.'”
“Earlier in the book, he describes Hillary Clinton in the sort of glowing terms that might be used in a political endorsement. ‘I found her smart, idealistic but pragmatic, tough-minded, indefatigable, funny, a very valuable colleague, and a superb representative of the United States all over the world,’ he wrote.”

Mr. Gates has a lot to answer for. His motivations for this book while a President is still in office is unprecedented. Why did you trust a GOP in your cabinet Mr. President?

As for Biden:

Robert Gates “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says of Vice President Joe Biden in his new book coming out later this month. Gates’ assessment of Biden’s boss is only slightly better, depicting an Obama administration with very murky lines of communication on military issues.

And on Hillary Clinton:

Gates offers a catalogue of various meetings, based in part on notes that he and his aides made at the time, including an exchange between Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that he calls “remarkable.”

He writes: “Hillary told the president that her opposition to the surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.”

Earlier in the book, he describes Hillary Clinton in the sort of glowing terms that might be used in a political endorsement. “I found her smart, idealistic but pragmatic, tough-minded, indefatigable, funny, a very valuable colleague, and a superb representative of the United States all over the world,” he wrote.

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