Robert Gates Memoir Has Media Abuzz

Published: Jan 08, 2014 12:45pm EST
By Rick Rinker, Political Editor for Konsume Politics

Please Note: This article was updated Jan 08, 2014 @ 02:08pm EST

 

Former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, tells of his time at the pentagon and gives a revealing look inside the Obama administration in his upcoming memoir.

Gates asserts Obama’s lack of faith in his own strategy on Afghanistan as his key grievance. Though other claims emerged such as the president’s distrust of General Petraeus, and that he also “couldn’t stand [Afghanistan President] Karzai.”

He had some particularly harsh criticism for vice president Joe Biden, saying, “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

While Washington is abuzz over the advanced release of “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” these revelations concerning the president are not particularly new. Bob Woodward echoed much of the same sentiments in his book ‘Obama’s Wars”.

The real news here seems to be that a former cabinet secretary is so openly criticizing a president he once served while gushing over Former Secretary of State and 2008 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

However the memoir does paint an interesting look inside of the administration during the crucial years the administration was working to end an unpopular war in Afghanistan.

The revelations found in Gates’ memoir are unlikely to have much real impact inside the White House. It does however have the potential to be a campaign issue in the midterms as sentiment against the president already runs high in republican controlled congressional districts across the nation.

Republicans are already using Gates’ comments as preemptive fodder against Clinton in 2016. However the real lasting impact it will have during the 2016 election cycle is yet to be determined, as the laundry list of grievances the Republicans routinely launch at a prospective Clinton candidacy are bountiful.

Gates claimed that in a private conversation with then secretary of state Hillary Clinton and then-CIA Director, that the president was determined to control "every aspect of national security policy and even operations.”

If there is a lasting revelation from Gates’ memoir excerpts this week, it might be that the NSA prism program and the extent of the spying that ensued was at the sole direction of the president.

The president is set to meet with key officials this week to discuss the future of the NSA’s spy program.


 

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