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Former Obama aides push back on Gates [Daley, Axerod]
The Hill ^ | January 8, 2014 | Mario Trujillo

Posted on 01/08/2014 8:58:35 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Former White House officials on Wednesday rushed to defend President Obama against scathing criticism from former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

In his new memoir, Gates wrote the president did not believe in his own strategy in Afghanistan, and that for him, it was “all about getting out.”

Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said Gates shouldn’t have released his memoir while the war in Afghanistan is still being fought.

“It’s one thing as historians look back on an administration, but in the middle of it, when you’re pursuing a war at the same time, and one that is controversial with the American people and has been very difficult on our military, I think it’s just a disservice to be very frank with you,” Daley said Wednesday on CBS’s “This Morning.”

“I understand while everyone wants to get out there and write a book and get on the circuit, but I think it’s unfortunate,” Daley said, while emphasizing he had respect for the former Defense chief.

In the coming book “Duty: Memories of a Secretary at War,” Gates said that some White House staff took “micromanagement and operational meddling to a new level.”

David Axelrod, another former White House advisor, on Wednesday said Obama was “very committed" to the mission in Afghanistan.

“I don’t think that is true” to say otherwise, Axelrod said on NBC’s “Today,” adding that it always seemed Obama and Gates had a good “working relationship.”

In the book, Gates also alleged that Hillary Clinton and Obama both admitted that they opposed the 2007 surge in Iraq for political reasons. In Obama’s case, Gates writes that the president “vaguely” conceded the point.

Axelrod said there was never any political discussion about his opposition to the Iraq surge, maintaining that Obama opposed the war from the beginning.

“I’m not suggesting that he made things up to sell a book, but I think the language that he used, for example on that Iraq story, was vague and it was subjective,” Axelrod said. "And there was no declaration on the president's part that he made that decision on a political basis."

The White House has already pushed back on parts of the book. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Obama is committed to the mission in Afghanistan and winding down the war at the end of the year. She noted deliberations about the policy had been widely reported.

“The president deeply appreciates Bob Gates' service as Secretary of Defense and his life,” the statement continued. “As has always been the case, the president welcomes differences of view among his national security team, which broaden his options and enhance our policies.”


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Government; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; douglaselute; iraqwar; joebiden; katiecouric; middleeast; robertgates; secretaryofdefense; thomasdonilon

1 posted on 01/08/2014 8:58:35 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Even departed from the castle of the tyrant, the minions still have to defend him, lest the castle contractor ogres dispense them.


2 posted on 01/08/2014 9:00:53 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men...


3 posted on 01/08/2014 9:04:21 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Foundahardheadedwoman; Windflier; Jacquerie; Jane Long; RitaOK; TheOldLady; ...

Oh NOES!
The Democrats are having a Civil War!
Whatever will they do when their party is split in two?
Will Mrs. Bill Clinton be harmed by this?

Will the Leftstream Media side with Hilly or Barry?
Transparent TRUTH is such a cruel master!
Could the Democrats be headed for disaster?


4 posted on 01/08/2014 9:06:26 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Gates shouldn’t have released his memoir while the war in Afghanistan is still being fought.

Translation: How dare he tell the truth while it still matters.

5 posted on 01/08/2014 9:07:10 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Of course they do. As will Congress after reading this:

“Congress is best viewed from a distance—the farther the better—because up close, it is truly ugly. I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and prone to put self (and re-election) before country.”

Gates is a truth teller and we all know what happens to them.


6 posted on 01/08/2014 9:07:47 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Good for Gates.


7 posted on 01/08/2014 9:09:13 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMBULANCE!


8 posted on 01/08/2014 9:14:08 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’m sure the full fury and power of the NSA, EPA and IRS will be used against Mr. Gates.


9 posted on 01/08/2014 9:15:31 AM PST by Londo Molari
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To: Cincinatus' Wife



10 posted on 01/08/2014 9:15:48 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ( a Safe..and Sane....2014 To All!)
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To: Gaffer; Cowboy Bob; All
Oct. 28, 2013: Former Obama official Bill Daley joins CBS News
11 posted on 01/08/2014 9:16:18 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’ll be very hard for these hacks to rebut a fairly well-respected SecDef who’s (finally) telling it like it is.


12 posted on 01/08/2014 9:20:18 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It was when Eill Rogers started just making sport of politicians (on the radio, mostly) that the folks just took the whole gubmint thing as a joke...now you see what electing fools and idiots can lead to...but left alone for such a long time...anything can happem...and has!

let this be a lesson to us...and any survivors..if any...

Semper WTF!
;)
*****


13 posted on 01/08/2014 9:23:03 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Graewoulf

I predicted this. This is just the _start_ of the _beginning_ of the TORRENT of tell-alls that are waiting in the wings for when these jerks are deposed and completely discredited. Even the best “damage control” teams don’t help on a ship when it’s been hit by 10 torpedoes at once.


14 posted on 01/08/2014 9:23:59 AM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Timber Rattler

This is all so much Kibuki theater designed to benefit the Witch of Benghazi.


15 posted on 01/08/2014 9:24:03 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: BitWielder1

“Gates shouldn’t have released his memoir while the war in Afghanistan is still being fought.”

This is similar in principle to “I can’t comment on an ongoing investigation”...

Drip...drip...drip goes the dam...


16 posted on 01/08/2014 9:26:12 AM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why? It looks as if he didn’t do anything to Obama.


17 posted on 01/08/2014 9:26:34 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: TADSLOS

I am not afraid of the wicked witch.

1. Too old by 2016.
2. Too tainted.


18 posted on 01/08/2014 9:27:23 AM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The trashing of Gates has begun.


19 posted on 01/08/2014 9:28:20 AM PST by bray ("The Republic of Texas 2022" is coming in Feb)
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To: The Antiyuppie

One can only hope.

I’m going to closely watch to see which Obamacrat RINOs try to defend their bff Obama.

Boehner should be among the first Obamacrat RINOs to answer US President Valerie Jarret’s call for lie assistance to protect her teleprompter speaker, Barry Slimy.


20 posted on 01/08/2014 9:34:59 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I find the responses to this book interesting. This seems to almost confirm it:

AxleGrease: "And there was no declaration on the president's part that he made that decision on a political basis."

21 posted on 01/08/2014 9:36:25 AM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
According to Gates, Obama has continued to send American military men to Afghanistan for political reasons. Americans continued to die for whimsical Obama political reasons. This is the same reason Obamas left 34 people to die at the hand of Anwar al Sharis in Benghazi. That is why Obama and the Beast could not communicate on that night (Sept. 11, 2011). Obama was upstairs either partying or doing drugs or watching his favorite reality show.

No one on FR is surprised by this at all.

22 posted on 01/08/2014 9:42:57 AM PST by Texas Songwriter
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Daley & Axelrod... now there’s a credible pair to defend a democrat president from Chicago.


23 posted on 01/08/2014 9:55:44 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Too little, too late...
We could have told Gates what Obozo/Clinton/Biden were all about years ago..
would he have listened?
We could have told him that troops were being sacrificed on the libtard altar of political gain years ago...
would he have listened?
We could have told him that congresscritters could care less about how we committ our troops to over seas conflicts...
would he have listened?
Hind sight is a convenient excuse but when it has cost us precious lives on the battlefield, the hind sight turns into criminal negligence.


24 posted on 01/08/2014 10:00:54 AM PST by matginzac
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To: skeeter

Axelrod is a liar and even when he isn’t bald-faced lying you need to carefully scrutinize his words.

Note how he doesn’t defend Hillary at all!

Note how he said “...there was no declaration on the president’s part that he made that decision on a political basis.”

No, no “declaration”; whatever that means. But he did it just the same. It was about opposing Bush, even beyond the waters’ edge, to get votes and smear opponents. This type of despicableness leads to things like Fast and Furious gun selling to Mexican drug cartels, Benghazi diplomat abandonment to their deaths, and wanting to bomb Syria when the whole world only wants to know the truth...


25 posted on 01/08/2014 10:09:14 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Is it me or does Axelrod remind you of that uncle you won’t let babysit your kids.


26 posted on 01/08/2014 10:28:27 AM PST by o-n-money
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To: BitWielder1
"Still being fought making mincemeat out of our troops because of O'Blahblah's rules of engagement.
27 posted on 01/08/2014 10:57:56 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This particular Daley, one of six other spawn of the original Mayor Richard J. Daley is just another con and goon of the Daley machine...now known as the Socialist Democratic Party. Disgusting POS to side with communist Axelrod and the communists/socialists/marxists/muslim infiltrators in our government. So proud of ‘ya, Billy, my azz, from a school mate of yours and Ritchie's at Nativity.
28 posted on 01/08/2014 12:18:35 PM PST by itssme
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To: o-n-money
Axelrod IS a slimy communist, from a long line of commies starting with mom and dad. He's fast talking and a slime ball..kick him in the balls when you can.
29 posted on 01/08/2014 12:22:04 PM PST by itssme
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To: Alas Babylon!
What really makes this difficult to stomach is the fact that casualties in Afghanistan have tripled under the the Purple Lipped Prince's command.

He does't consider it 'his war'.

30 posted on 01/08/2014 1:37:37 PM PST by skeeter
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