Gates memoir skewers Obama

The bane of second term presidents in recent history has been memoirs written by first term cabinet secretaries. Reagan, Clinton, Bush 43, and now Barack Obama have all had to endure scathing critiques of their policy coming from formerly trusted aides and advisors. All presidents have rejected the criticism, pointing out that some people will say anything to sell a book. But I can't recall an account from such a powerful figure as a defense secretary that paints a picture of the commander in chief that is so at odds with his public personae. 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...(Read Full Post)

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