It is perhaps safe to assume that Robert Gates is carrying water for the Obama administrationan outgoing official putting out some necessary if slightly unpalatable political truths. Gates is an intensely disciplined man; he has not been a free-lancer, but instead has forged a tight personal and political relationship with President Obama. His swan song in Washington is most likely his gift to those left with maintaining and defending the American position in Iraq and in the Persian Gulf.
I'm not so sure; Gates broke pretty publicly over Obama's Osama victory dance, when all sorts of details about the mission were publicly revealed.
posted on 06/04/2011 5:41:03 AM PDT
From my personal experience, i do believe Gates was riding herd over DOD activities out of sense of duty because of - in spite of - the current administration.
posted on 06/04/2011 6:02:23 AM PDT
(The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
We are going to miss Gates. He’s been an enormous public servant, certainly the most adult in the Obama Cabinet. Carrying the water for Obama? I don’t think so. (Maybe the other way around.) Convincing and advising the man on what the right options are in Iraq and Afghanistan? Absolutely. And I for one am grateful that the Secretary had the persuasive skills necessary to gain the trust of the President and get him to reverse himself on nearly all of his campaign rhetoric on Iraq and Afghanistan.
posted on 06/04/2011 6:10:24 AM PDT
(I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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