Skip to comments.Robert Gates, former defense secretary, offers harsh critique of Obama’s leadership in ‘Duty’
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 Obamas top aides.
Biden is accused of poisoning the well against the military leadership. Thomas Donilon, initially Obamas 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.
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Why was Gates so quite about Obama’s lack of leadership while on the job?
It is too late for Robert “GAYtes” to redeem himself. He sodomized our military, and now will do the same to the BSA.
Obama has every bit the integrity of Joesph Stalin.
Did you mean Quiet or quite?
Partial list of Obama's Integrity:
Fast and Furious
IRS attack on the Tea Party
Lies about Obamacare.
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?
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.
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.
He seems to define integrity based on whether or not Obama betrayed him.
Example after example given of Obama's shortcomings.
Yet Gates says early in the article that Obama has personal integrity. Huh?
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.
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.
Uhh, he lost me at “personal integrity”
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.
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.
All of the above plus stupid.
Yes the correct word is “quiet” & thanks for noting the typoglycemia.
So, if Gates hated working with the commies in the White House so much, why did he stick with them?
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?
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...
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.
None of them ever do.
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.
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.
“Why was Gates so quite about Obamas 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
Simple cliche, clever.
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.
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: Dont give the White House staff and [national security staff] too much information on the military options. They dont 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.
about 2 years late