Over the past 26 years, Robert Gates has served each administration in key defense-related positions. His deep familiarity with the highest level of strategic decision-making demands significant attention with his new book.
Gates left Washington in 2011 with a reputation as a steady, sober-minded member of the foreign policy establishment who had served eight presidents and was admired equally by Republicans and Democrats.
Because of the harshly critical new book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, a maelstrom has erupted in the nation’s capital and amongst the mainscream media.
I have to hand it to Mr. Gates for giving Bob Woodward an advanced copy of his strikingly candid, vividly written account of his experiences while serving our last two presidents.
The man who partnered with Carl Bernstein to bring down the presidency of Richard Nixon has been quite vocal in his opposition of the current regime. His assessment of Gates’ book in The Washington Post lends a voice to what flyover America has known for many years.
The god-man worshipped far and wide by the Left is being depicted as having been double-crossed by Gates. The reality is The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer has double-crossed all of us. More importantly, he has double-crossed all of our service men and women and their families who have sacrificed so much.
Gates has accused TWMDCO of ordering a troop buildup in Afghanistan while not really believing in his own policy. And he recounted Hillary Clinton confiding that she had opposed Bush’s 2007 surge in Iraq for purely political reasons because of the presidential campaign, and Obama “vaguely” agreed.
TWMDCO evidently has been asking men to die for what he considered a mistake for years.
“As I sat there,” Gates writes, “I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.”
He didn’t believe in the war and despite all the blood and treasure expended in freeing the Iraqis of the cruel and sinister Sadam Hussein and the war that was launched to fight terrorism in response to 9/11. Now, after pulling out lock, stock and barrel from that country we are witnessing a resurgence of al-Qaeda.
As surely as I am sitting here typing this, when we pull out of “the right war” in Afghanistan, the Taliban will once again have a stranglehold on the country that unleashed Osama bin Laden.
“Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War” is devastating. It is revealing and long overdue. I see no way out of this scathing tell-all for this president and the woman who aspires to succeed him in the Oval Office.
Linked, and we thank you, by Cardigan at iOwnTheWorld.