Gates withheld criticism until Obama re-elected


by Mike DeVine

Why? Money? How else to explain his silence given the revelations in his memoir, Duty.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was outraged that the Commander-in-Chief he served authorized a surge of troops in Afghanistan while only being interested in getting out. Gates was shocked that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton openly admitted in a cabinet meeting that their opposition to the surge in Iraq under President George W. Bush while senators was political. At the time. And oh yes, only the second Republican in the Democratic Administration’s cabinet considered Vice President Joe Biden to have been wrong on “every major foreign policy and national security issue”.

Who knew? Thanks to Gates’ silence, at the time in 2010, and through the election of 2012, not enough Americans voting on whether to re-elect the Democratic ticket.

Bob Woodward, another author who regularly withholds news about Presidents until its relevant (albeit via access agreements as journalist and not a cabinet officer sworn to defend the United States,
reports the details that Gates:

“…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.”

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