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Gates Slams Biden in Memoir, Reveals He Nearly Quit
Time ^ | Jan. 07, 2014 | Zeke J Miller

Posted on 01/07/2014 1:11:41 PM PST by 12th_Monkey

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has harsh words for Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign policy judgement in his soon-to-be-released memoir.

According to the New York Times, which obtained an early copy of the memoir, Gates calls Biden “a man of integrity,” but questions his record. “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates writes, according to the Times.

Gates, the only high-level holdover from the Bush administration to the President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, reveals he nearly quit his post in September 2009 while Obama reviewed his Afghanistan strategy. According to the Times, Gates writes he was “deeply uneasy with the Obama White House’s lack of appreciation — from the top down — of the uncertainties and unpredictability of war…I came closer to resigning that day than at any other time in my tenure, though no one knew it.”

The Washington Post quotes a separate exchange in the book between Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, where they discussed their opposition to the 2007 Iraq surge in the context of politics. “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.”

(Excerpt) Read more at swampland.time.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; biden; douglaselute; gates; iraq; joebiden; katiecouric; obama; robertgates; thomasdonilon
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1 posted on 01/07/2014 1:11:41 PM PST by 12th_Monkey
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To: 12th_Monkey

What’s even more provocative is the admission by both Hillary and Barry that their opposition to the surge was purely political. What absolute cynical bastards. Gates judges Biden to be stupid, misguided, but sincere. Great. Hillary and Barry are stupid, misguided and insincere. Best news I’ve heard all day.


2 posted on 01/07/2014 1:19:08 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

For Dems it’s all about the power, nothing else matters


3 posted on 01/07/2014 1:25:21 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: 12th_Monkey

“Gates calls Biden “a man of integrity,” but questions his record.”

In the words of George Carlin:

“Yeah, he’s an a**hole. But a well meaning, a**hole.”


4 posted on 01/07/2014 1:28:38 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: 12th_Monkey
“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. . . . " Hillary never let a few dead bodies get in the way of an agenda.
5 posted on 01/07/2014 1:30:43 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Gee, why would the story headline and lead be about the Vice President, when it goes on to accuse both Obama and Hilary of politicizing their war policy?

And I always thought the President and Secretary of State were more important than the VP. Silly me.


6 posted on 01/07/2014 1:31:56 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: headstamp 2

I can’t see the integrity thing, must be something only insiders see


7 posted on 01/07/2014 1:35:23 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: 12th_Monkey
According to the New York Times, which obtained an early copy of the memoir, Gates calls Biden “a man of integrity,” but questions his record. “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,”

Biden a man of integrity? But wrong on just about everything?

Ok Let's look at the meaning of 'integrity' but first focus on its essential forerunner which is 'wisdom'.

WISDOM is the knowledge of what must be done, knowledge of which direction one must go; it is good knowledge. In the colloquial sense it is 'talking the talk'.

INTEGRITY is the execution of knowledge, the action part of knowledge. In the colloquial sense it is 'doing what you say you will do' or 'walking the walk'.

Wisdom without integrity is a waste and often a fraud.

Integrity without wisdom is foolishness.

Therefore, the New York Times is writing that Gates is calling a Biden a FOOL. No surprise here to Freepers.

What is 'almost' surprising is the NY Times thinks this is newsworthy. But this is the NY Times, thus the modifier 'almost'.

8 posted on 01/07/2014 1:35:47 PM PST by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: headstamp 2

And if she runs for president, the voting majority won’t care either.


9 posted on 01/07/2014 1:36:15 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Hey Gates, Biden wasn’t the President making decisions. Why the hatchet job now?


10 posted on 01/07/2014 1:37:51 PM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: Williams

well if you want a really interesting headline, try this:

“Australian man who got stuck in his washing machine during naked prank describes his olive oil rescue”

http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2014/01/07/greatest-headline-ever/

howz that???


11 posted on 01/07/2014 1:38:12 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
What’s even more provocative is the admission by both Hillary and Barry that their opposition to the surge was purely political. What absolute cynical bastards.

Actually, I think their opposition was primarily ideological. Their claim that it was just political is an attempt, ex post facto, to make them seem marginally like adults.

12 posted on 01/07/2014 1:39:33 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Hostage

didn’t follow with me either....Sound like Gates is trying to walk the fence. Which is a good way to crack some nuts.


13 posted on 01/07/2014 1:40:08 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: ex-snook

needs money I guess.


14 posted on 01/07/2014 1:40:41 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: 12th_Monkey
Sound like Gates is trying to walk the fence.

That's what I got, too. Gates seems to want to criticize to deflect responsibility from himself but then turns around and offers toadying praise to those he criticizes. He's lost himself in his own spin.

15 posted on 01/07/2014 1:42:52 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Impeachment File for “B. Hussein Obama,” aka Barry Soetoro, a documented legal citizen of the Sovereign Nation of Indonesia.


16 posted on 01/07/2014 1:43:11 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Paine in the Neck

agreed.


17 posted on 01/07/2014 1:47:14 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: Graewoulf

Filed in $h!tcan #13 under the file “no one has the balls to try”


18 posted on 01/07/2014 1:48:24 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Gates has long been a political animal and the sensitivity of his political antennae is exquisite:

He senses a sea change in public perceptions and as a survivor he is jockeying for the best lifeboat seat before the arrival of the rogue wave.

Gates chose a great target, as everyone knows Biden is a cross between a carnival clown and “Better call Saul” from Breaking Bad.


19 posted on 01/07/2014 1:49:03 PM PST by gaijin
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To: 12th_Monkey

Did Speaker Boehner tell you to write that?


20 posted on 01/07/2014 1:49:36 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: gaijin

“He senses a sea change in public perceptions and as a survivor he is jockeying for the best lifeboat seat before the arrival of the rogue wave.”

Thats a great sentance...because it’s true


21 posted on 01/07/2014 1:51:10 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: Graewoulf

no way....Bone er and I ain’t on speaking terms.


22 posted on 01/07/2014 1:52:19 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: All

Wouldn’t want to be Gates on Judgement Day. His silence in the face of the evil communist take over will doom his soul forever to hell...


23 posted on 01/07/2014 1:53:00 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: 12th_Monkey

The more I hear about Barry’s VP nominee, the more I like McCain’s.


24 posted on 01/07/2014 1:54:11 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: headstamp 2

In the words of George Carlin:

“Yeah, he’s an a**hole. But a well meaning, a**hole.”
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

OR

I won’t go as far as to call him a ‘Ba—ard’,

BUT

I will give you proof his parents never married.


25 posted on 01/07/2014 1:59:36 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --STUPIDITY?: Lets remove warning labels so we can level the playing field.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Gates was the only adult in that room. How he stayed as long as he did..can only be explained by a strong sense of duty and love of country. I admire the man. His is a book I want.


26 posted on 01/07/2014 2:02:27 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: gaijin

Exactly...
Too little, too late, Billy boy...
You sat back and watched the circus and didn’t do a damn thing...
You can take your book and shove it.


27 posted on 01/07/2014 3:17:02 PM PST by matginzac
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To: gaijin

Whoa, I LOVE Saul!
Saul could run rings around Bidet anytime....


28 posted on 01/07/2014 3:18:05 PM PST by matginzac
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To: JDoutrider

Apparently you have insight into the Almighty’s criteria for afterlife that the rest of us don’t.


29 posted on 01/07/2014 3:55:43 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: 12th_Monkey

"The first, he says, was Obama’s decision to seek the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward gays serving in the military. Though Gates says he supported the decision, there had been months and months of debate, with details still to work out. On one day’s notice, Obama informed Gates and Mullen that he would announce his request for a repeal of the law. Obama had “blindsided Admiral Mullen and me,” Gates writes. Similarly, in a battle over defense spending, “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."

Well, well, well. Robert Gates is surprised that Obama gutted the military by over $300 Billion in 2008 to divert to his "stimulus", again by another $487 Billion in 2011, and again by $650 Billion due to Sequestration in 2013? And he was also surprised that Obama (almost certainly a homosexual himself and a notorious member of Chicago's infamous "Down Low" club) fast tracked homosexuality in the military?

Today, we are dealing with the consequences of this sin and tragedy, and Robert Gates is partly to blame. This morning, the DoD announced Millions in new spending for homosexual "spouses" benefits, while the DoD is planning on gutting military TRICARE, and pensions for the disabled and widows have already been cut. Military readiness is in a shambles, and morale is in the toilet.

30 posted on 01/07/2014 6:03:15 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SueRae

considering the overall attitude of the Obama admin, your probably right.


31 posted on 01/07/2014 6:18:23 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: bigdaddy45

Yeah, your right... I’ve sent more than my fair share of communists to hell.

Read all about it in my profile...


32 posted on 01/07/2014 6:48:59 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: 12th_Monkey

From a man who has kissed up to the Democrats for years.


33 posted on 01/07/2014 6:59:56 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: JDoutrider

Good for you sparky!! Want a cookie?


34 posted on 01/07/2014 8:40:12 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: bigdaddy45

why not a John Wayne cracker?


35 posted on 01/08/2014 3:52:40 AM PST by Huaynero
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