by Tami Jackson
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates new book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, contains harsh criticism of Obama’s war strategy.
Duty, due for release January 14, breaks new ground as the 594 page memoir paints a sharply pejorative picture of Obama and his feckless foreign policy: it’s very atypical for former key cabinet personnel to publish such a stark critique.
Bob Woodward at the Washington Post writes:
…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.”
Apparently Gates, not content with exposing Obama’s failures, also attacks Vice President Biden:
Though the book simmers with disappointment in Obama, it reflects outright contempt for Vice President Joe Biden and many of Obama’s top aides.
Biden is accused of “poisoning the well” against the military leadership. Thomas Donilon, initially Obama’s deputy national security adviser, and then-Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, the White House coordinator for the wars, are described as regularly engaged in “aggressive, suspicious, and sometimes condescending and insulting questioning of our military leaders.”
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