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Robert Gates, former defense secretary, offers harsh critique of Obama’s leadership in ‘Duty’
The Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2014 | Bob Woodward,

Posted on 01/07/2014 12:19:22 PM PST by Hojczyk

Gates writes about Obama with an ambivalence that he does not resolve, praising him as “a man of personal integrity” even as he faults his leadership. Though the book simmers with disappointment in Obama, it reflects outright contempt for Vice President Biden and many of Obama’s top aides.

Biden is accused of “poisoning the well” against the military leadership. Thomas Donilon, initially Obama’s deputy national security adviser, and then-Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, the White House coordinator for the wars, are described as regularly engaged in “aggressive, suspicious, and sometimes condescending and insulting questioning of our military leaders.”

During that interview, Obama said he believed he “had garnered confidence and trust in Gates.” In “Duty,” Gates complains repeatedly that confidence and trust was what he felt was lacking in his dealings with Obama and his team. “Why did I feel I was constantly at war with everybody, as I have detailed in these pages?” he writes. “Why was I so often angry? Why did I so dislike being back in government and in Washington?” 

“All too early in the [Obama] administration,” he writes, “suspicion and distrust of senior military officers by senior White House officials — including the president and vice president — became a big problem for me as I tried to manage the relationship between the commander in chief and his military leaders.”

Gates offers a catalogue of various meetings, based in part on notes that he and his aides made at the time, including an exchange between Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that he calls “remarkable.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; amateurhour; douglaselute; joebiden; katiecouric; obama; obamalies; robertgates; thomasdonilon

1 posted on 01/07/2014 12:19:23 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Why was Gates so quite about Obama’s lack of leadership while on the job?


2 posted on 01/07/2014 12:21:10 PM PST by SIRTRIS
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To: Hojczyk

It is too late for Robert “GAYtes” to redeem himself. He sodomized our military, and now will do the same to the BSA.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 12:22:22 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Hojczyk

Obama has every bit the integrity of Joesph Stalin.


4 posted on 01/07/2014 12:22:51 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: SIRTRIS

Did you mean Quiet or quite?


5 posted on 01/07/2014 12:26:45 PM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: Hojczyk
praising him as “a man of personal integrity”

Partial list of Obama's Integrity:

Fast and Furious

IRS attack on the Tea Party

Lies about Obamacare.

Crony capitalism

Siphoning off the public funds to his friends and personal vacations.

Gates: you either have NO understanding of integrity OR you are willfully blind OR you are a liar. Which is it?

6 posted on 01/07/2014 12:27:33 PM PST by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: SIRTRIS
Why was Gates so quite about Obama’s lack of leadership while on the job?

Maybe because ZERO likes to fire people that disagree with him... and maybe because none of these people grow a spine until they perceive they are out of his reach. Even then they feel they have to throw in a compliment or two, just in case.

7 posted on 01/07/2014 12:29:39 PM PST by thegrump (It is who we are. It is what we do. Live for nothing or die for something !)
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To: Hojczyk
“Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. . . . The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.”
8 posted on 01/07/2014 12:29:41 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: fwdude
It is too late for Robert “GAYtes” to redeem himself.

The honorable thing for him to do was to resign. It can't be all bad at the Pentagon, I haven't heard a peep about a civilian or military leader resigning over their objections to Obama's policies.

9 posted on 01/07/2014 12:38:35 PM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: bkopto

He seems to define integrity based on whether or not Obama betrayed him.


10 posted on 01/07/2014 12:39:30 PM PST by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: Hojczyk
“I was extremely angry with President Obama,” Gates writes. “I felt he had breached faith with me . . . on the budget numbers.” As with “don’t ask, don’t tell,” “I felt that agreements with the Obama White House were good for only as long as they were politically convenient.”

Example after example given of Obama's shortcomings.

Yet Gates says early in the article that Obama has personal integrity. Huh?

11 posted on 01/07/2014 12:43:36 PM PST by what's up
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To: fwdude
GAYtes helped destroy our military. Now he's moved on the Boy Scouts. His opinion on anything is worthless.
12 posted on 01/07/2014 12:44:09 PM PST by 444Flyer (How long O LORD?)
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To: Hojczyk
...praising him as “a man of personal integrity”

I stopped right here.

Dear Secretary Gates:

I believe that you have integrity; however presidents with "personal integrity" simply do not tell the lie..."if you like your health plan...(you know the rest)"

.

I'll skip buying your book.

.

13 posted on 01/07/2014 12:45:55 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Hojczyk

Sorry, a-hole. It was on YOUR watch that the once honorable profession of arms threw open its doors open to homosexuality. You also were at the Defense helm when your boss attempted to screw the people of SE Virginia by arbitrarily disestablishing Joint Forces Command without a BRAC or QDR study of any kind.

Suck it, Gates. You don’t escape responsibility here.


14 posted on 01/07/2014 12:46:22 PM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Hojczyk

Uhh, he lost me at “personal integrity”


15 posted on 01/07/2014 12:46:33 PM PST by jersey117
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To: Hojczyk
“I never doubted Obama’s support for the troops, only his support for their mission,”

I don't see how you can support the troops but not their mission, not when you are the president. That doesn't make sense, it's not like Obama is a citizen out here protesting or something--he's the Commander-in-Chief for gosh sakes! You send men to die for a mission you don't support but you support the troops? Yeah, right.

16 posted on 01/07/2014 12:48:09 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Hojczyk

Gates new book may be interesting as point in history, and as an opportunity missed to impede his agenda, but the book I’m really waiting for is one that exposes exactly who is calling the shots in the White House. I want to know who made key decisions at certain critical points. Obama seems to nervous and unsure to have decided mostly on his own. Either Valeree G. or Michelle, or Czars associated with Unamercian activities.


17 posted on 01/07/2014 12:49:36 PM PST by lee martell
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To: bkopto
Gates: you either have NO understanding of integrity OR you are willfully blind OR you are a liar. Which is it?

All of the above plus stupid.

18 posted on 01/07/2014 1:05:38 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: JSteff

Yes the correct word is “quiet” & thanks for noting the typoglycemia.


19 posted on 01/07/2014 1:07:02 PM PST by SIRTRIS
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To: Hojczyk

So, if Gates hated working with the commies in the White House so much, why did he stick with them?


20 posted on 01/07/2014 1:13:28 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

Did you read the article? He tried to get out in 2010. When you agree to serve the president you do a lot of yes sirs no matter who is in office. Why not read the book before judging him, or have all of you held this office before?


21 posted on 01/07/2014 1:45:10 PM PST by freedom_is_earned
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To: freedom_is_earned

Nobody forced him to stay in 2010, and nobody forced him to put up with Obama and his minions for the past three years. He made his bed, and so he can lay in it...


22 posted on 01/07/2014 2:11:37 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

I would have a lot more respect for him if he had resigned early, and written this before the election in 2012.

Just another guy making a buck without making waves.


23 posted on 01/07/2014 2:31:45 PM PST by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Vermont Lt
Precisely. If he was so dissatisfied, he should have resigned and then held a press conference explaining why, in detail. But he didn't.

None of them ever do.

24 posted on 01/07/2014 2:49:27 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: fwdude

You are exactly right. The minute Gates said he would stay on as Obummmer’s Sec of Defense you knew he was a liberal.
And he loves sodomites. He is now head of the Boy Scouts, doing for the scouts what he did for the US Armed Forces, infest them with predatory sodomites. Like Obama, Gates is another special gift to America from George W. Bush.


25 posted on 01/07/2014 3:17:14 PM PST by NKP_Vet ("Rather than love, than money, than fame, then give truth" ~ Henry David Thoreau)
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To: Hojczyk
He writes: “Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. . . . The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.”

Hillary needs to be made into a God-aweful ugly political beast that only cares about herself. Gate's example here proves that Hillary and Obama care more about themselves than the military. Republicans need to jump on this. Start by making the association with the military and then move it to all Americans. The nail in the coffin is ObamaCare. Obama and RATS care more about politics and socialized medicine than the real effect on American citizens. This is an angle that can be used over and over again, whether it is immigration, minimum wage, or unemployment compensation. It is all about politics.

Unfortunately, RINOs do not have the testicular fortitude to stand on principle and call out the RATS.

26 posted on 01/07/2014 3:20:09 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (We need to fundamentally transform RATs lives for their lies.)
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To: SIRTRIS

“Why was Gates so quite about Obama’s lack of leadership while on the job?”

Because he would much sooner be off the job. Obama’s Whitehorse is a politically quite vaine. As we have seen time and time again over the last 5+ years they care little for actual foreign policy, and much for actual preception.

Indeed I would say Obama himself may care little for most aspects of domestic policy as well. He seems to let his meninons run around without any kind of supervision offen getting into the sort of scandal that would have brought down any other president a dosen times.

The true source of Obama’s power and sucess is people like John Steward in the press and media


27 posted on 01/07/2014 3:36:00 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: Timber Rattler

Simple cliche, clever.


28 posted on 01/07/2014 3:41:56 PM PST by freedom_is_earned
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To: SIRTRIS

Yeh, I don’t get it. I understand that it is basically protocol not to talk poorly about your boss, but why did he stay on? Also, the Post article indicates that Gates thinks that BO has personal integrity, but is a poor leader and lost his trust? I don’t know how that squares.
After reading the article, I still think Gates is playing games. I wonder if Benghazi was discuused. He describes her as a tough leader.

Donilon’s name keeps coming up. I think he’ll eventually take the fall for Benghazi.


29 posted on 01/07/2014 3:42:59 PM PST by madameguinot
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To: Hojczyk
To me this is the most disturbing part:

It got so bad during internal debates over whether to intervene in Libya in 2011 that Gates says he felt compelled to deliver a “rant” because the White House staff was “talking about military options with the president without Defense being involved.”

Gates says his instructions to the Pentagon were: “Don’t give the White House staff and [national security staff] too much information on the military options. They don’t understand it, and ‘experts’ like Samantha Power will decide when we should move militarily.” Power, then on the national security staff and now U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has been a strong advocate for humanitarian intervention.

Another time, after Donilon and Biden tried to pass orders to Gates, he told the two, “The last time I checked, neither of you are in the chain of command,” and said he expected to get orders directly from Obama.

30 posted on 01/08/2014 4:18:43 AM PST by La Lydia
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about 2 years late


31 posted on 01/08/2014 6:17:33 AM PST by XHogPilot
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