The first ex-cabinet secretary to attack Obama writes his memoir

Robert Gates, Barack Obama's first Secretary of Defense and a holdover from the Bush cabinet, has written a book that reveals his deep dismay over the leadership provided by the 44th president. Bob Woodward provides a preview of the book, which will be published January 14th. 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 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." Hillary Clinton, the probable...(Read Full Post)

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