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Book review: ‘Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War’ by Robert M. Gates (WaPo)
WaPo ^ | 1/7/2014 | Greg Jaffe

Posted on 01/07/2014 5:30:44 PM PST by RoosterRedux

In his new book, which has nearly 600 pages of text, Gates takes the reader inside the war-room deliberations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and delivers unsentimental assessments of each man’s temperament, intellect and management style. “It is difficult to imagine two more different men,” Gates writes.

Gates left Washington in 2011 with a reputation as a steady, sober-minded member of the foreign policy establishment, who had served eight presidents and was admired equally by Republicans and Democrats. The next time Gates visits the capital, his reception may not be quite so warm. “Duty” is his second memoir, and this time he cuts loose.

He slams Congress for its grandstanding and gridlock. “I would listen with growing outrage,” he writes, “as hypocritical and obtuse American senators made all these demands of Iraqi legislators and yet themselves could not even pass budgets.” He describes members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee as “rude, nasty and stupid.”

Joe Biden haters will enjoy Gates’s description of the vice president as loud, garrulous and obsessed with politics over substance. “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates writes. He accuses the vice president of poisoning Obama’s relationship with his generals: “I thought Biden was subjecting Obama to Chinese water torture, every day saying, ‘the military can’t be trusted.’ ”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; douglaselute; joebiden; katiecouric; obama; robertgates; thomasdonilon

1 posted on 01/07/2014 5:30:44 PM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

Let the liberal media spinning begin.


2 posted on 01/07/2014 5:39:51 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Obama is not smart. He is a fool.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 5:43:52 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: RoosterRedux

...there’s stuff in this article that is pure BS


4 posted on 01/07/2014 5:46:37 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: freekitty
Yes Miss Kitty, he is a fool...but he is leading an army of fools who are wreaking havoc on our beloved country.

I believe we will survive, but only if we can overcome OBumbler and his Wealth Equalizers.

5 posted on 01/07/2014 5:47:41 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Doogle
What? An article in WaPo contains pure BS?

Tell me it isn't so!

6 posted on 01/07/2014 5:49:08 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Jeff Chandler
He describes members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee as “rude, nasty and stupid.”

If the liberal media is turning their heart toward Hillary, they'll love the book... we'll have to wait and see.

7 posted on 01/07/2014 5:53:21 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: RoosterRedux

Why in the hell didn’t Gates speak up then? He had a duty to do so. He failed. Gates was an idiot just as Rumsfeld was. Gates for not having his Generals backs, Rumsfeld for not listening to his. Good riddance to both, they were asshats.


8 posted on 01/07/2014 6:25:12 PM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: sean327

Exactly! I am so tired of people writing a “tell-all” memoir AFTER the fact when they could have spoken up earlier and actually done some good!

Sorry Gates - we all knew Bambi was incompetent years ago. Why should anyone pay money to hear you spout your story now?


9 posted on 01/07/2014 6:37:10 PM PST by VikingMom (I may not know what the future holds but I know who holds the future!)
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To: sean327
Oh come on now.

You know most if not all of us find our errors in history...not in real time.

It would have been great if Gates had squealed on Obama in real time but it just didn't happen.

Better now than never!

10 posted on 01/07/2014 6:53:59 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: VikingMom
Sorry Gates - we all knew Bambi was incompetent years ago.

These inside the Beltway types don't know what Freepers know. They are plugged into the game. They play it to stay alive.

When they leave...all of a sudden their eyes open and they see the truth.

Nothing new here.

11 posted on 01/07/2014 6:56:27 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

Not when you hold the lives of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines in your hands. Gates failed to do his sworn duty by not speaking up then.


12 posted on 01/07/2014 7:01:50 PM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: sean327
I think that's why he wept. His beltway life collided with his military responsibility.

BTW, thank you for your service to the country, Marine! Very proud of you!

13 posted on 01/07/2014 7:05:33 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

Lately I’ve been wondering if it was worth giving up 23 years of my life. This isn’t the same country I signed up to defend as it was when I was 18.


14 posted on 01/07/2014 7:30:51 PM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: sean327

I’ve been wondering the same thing. 26 years Air Force retired 3 years ago.


15 posted on 01/07/2014 7:33:44 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: sean327

There are huge chunks of our society that appreciate your service as a Marine. You are a man among children.

Hold your head high when only you know this.

Stand proud yet humbly! Now tell me that ain’t hard.;-)


16 posted on 01/07/2014 7:37:06 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
You gave up your life for an idea...for freedom and freedom of spirit.

Don't ever question that.

Stand proud...particularly when you feel weak!

17 posted on 01/07/2014 7:39:53 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux; MestaMachine; Old Sarge; shibumi; Michael Barnes; Mossad1967; brucecw; ...
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Joe Biden haters will enjoy Gates’s description of the vice president as loud, garrulous and obsessed with politics over substance. Gates writes: “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades”.

Gates accuses the vice president of poisoning Obama’s relationship with his generals: “I thought Biden was subjecting Obama to Chinese water torture, - every day saying, ‘the military can’t be trusted.’ ”

18 posted on 01/07/2014 9:24:33 PM PST by LucyT ( If you're NOT paranoid, you don't know what's going on.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Agree


19 posted on 01/07/2014 9:31:03 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: GOPJ
If the liberal media is turning their heart toward Hillary, they'll love the book...

Turning back!? Some of them never left!

She Who Must Not Be Named was their first love. The Kenyan has jilted them, so they're running back to her open arms, contrite and begging forgiveness - not with candy and flowers, but with puff pieces and spiked stories.

Watch for the clock to be reset for those halcyon days of twenty years ago.

20 posted on 01/08/2014 6:37:15 AM PST by Old Sarge (And Good Evening, Agent Smith, wherever you are...)
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To: sean327; Rides_A_Red_Horse
Lately I’ve been wondering if it was worth giving up 23 years of my life.

I’ve been wondering the same thing. 26 years Air Force retired 3 years ago.

The three of us seem to be at the same bar, drinking the same tall glass of "What The Hell Happened".

And we're not alone...

21 posted on 01/08/2014 6:40:25 AM PST by Old Sarge (And Good Evening, Agent Smith, wherever you are...)
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To: RoosterRedux

I suspect hussien didn’t trust the US military long before he ever met Biden.


22 posted on 01/08/2014 8:45:02 AM PST by bgill
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To: Old Sarge

Anytime you want to tip a few back give me a call!


23 posted on 01/08/2014 5:02:43 PM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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