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Gates: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ fight was only time Obama showed ‘passion’ for military issues
Fox News ^ | January 12, 2014 | Ed Henry

Posted on 01/13/2014 2:29:57 AM PST by South40

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates sharply questions President Obama's "passion" for military matters in his forthcoming memoir, and claims that practically the only time he saw that in the president was during his push to repeal "don't ask, don't tell."

The former Pentagon chief said in an interview aired Sunday that he was "disturbed" by Obama's "absence of passion" when it came to his military strategy. But in the book, "Duty," reviewed by Fox News, Gates hit Obama harder -- and in personal terms -- by contrasting his style with that of former President George W. Bush.

"One quality I missed in Obama was passion, especially when it came to the two wars," Gates wrote. "In my presence, Bush -- very unlike his father -- was pretty unsentimental. But he was passionate about the war in Iraq; on occasion, at a Medal of Honor ceremony or the like, I would see his eyes well up. I worked for Obama longer than Bush, and I never saw his eyes well up."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dadt; gates; homosexualagenda; military; obama; robertgates

1 posted on 01/13/2014 2:29:57 AM PST by South40
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To: South40

Obama is a gay anti-American pothead. The only issues he’ll “have passion” about will be those that promote the slacker, self-indulgent lifestyle.


2 posted on 01/13/2014 2:35:15 AM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Fido969
The only issues he’ll “have passion” about will be those that promote the slacker, self-indulgent lifestyle.

He seems very passionate about he and his family's extravagant lifestyle funded, of course, with taxpayer dollars. I have never despised a president more.

3 posted on 01/13/2014 2:40:22 AM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: South40

Not the least bit surprising, if true.


4 posted on 01/13/2014 2:42:50 AM PST by DemforBush (Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream?)
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Gates was absolutely pathetic on DADT.


5 posted on 01/13/2014 2:46:53 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: South40

Obama was just advocating for his “body man” Reggie Love.


6 posted on 01/13/2014 2:51:41 AM PST by glorgau
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To: South40

Destroying the military through his social experimenting says it all. Obama hates America PERIOD. I still work proudly with “most” the military daily but I’m damn glad I’m not in it anymore.


7 posted on 01/13/2014 3:04:24 AM PST by maddog55
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To: maddog55

I ride regularly with veterans from the Korean War, Vietnam the Gulf War and more. They vary in ages from the early 70s to their 20s. Universally, they do not like this president. It goes beyond that. They absolutely loathe him for what he has done to this country and to the military.


8 posted on 01/13/2014 3:10:49 AM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: South40

Obama, the first “down low” President.


9 posted on 01/13/2014 3:12:34 AM PST by EEGator
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To: South40

Obama is a defective human being as well as a defective president and defective American.


10 posted on 01/13/2014 3:13:47 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: South40

It has been my experience that discussions with them leave me with the same conclusion.

It has also been my experience in those discussions that, even with the negatives Bush deserved for his stance on bi-partisanship, No Child Left Behind, Immigration and such, he still maintained a high degree of respect and approval from veterans and military personnel.

I think it is because they knew that his respect for those in uniform was genuine, not some cocked-up stance to present an appearance or win political points as often appears to be the approach of the current occupant of the White House.

If he even bothers to go that far. They are fortunate when it is just detached contempt they see...that would be preferable to his military-despising meddling in both operational and budgetary aspects.


11 posted on 01/13/2014 3:18:21 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: South40

The only things he seems to care about involve his own personal needs and wants - such as getting elected, or people hurting his wittle feelings. At least the much maligned Nixon loved this country.


12 posted on 01/13/2014 3:20:09 AM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: South40

Zero has skin in the game with “Don’t ask”. Of course he’s passionate lol.


13 posted on 01/13/2014 3:21:33 AM PST by catbertz
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To: South40

“I would see his eyes well up. I worked for Obama longer than Bush, and I never saw his eyes well up.”

F-U Robert Gates. President Bush spent countless hours visiting the sick, wounded and maimed soldiers from both wars. Obama rarely does.


14 posted on 01/13/2014 3:35:47 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: South40

don’t tell me this marxist mooselimb punk isn’t a closet fag.
Bet the farm he’s been with other males


15 posted on 01/13/2014 3:38:05 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: South40

“In my presence, Bush — very unlike his father — was pretty unsentimental.”

Thats different then his public image.


16 posted on 01/13/2014 3:51:19 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: South40

Obama is GAY and he HATES the military and LOVED to DESTROY it!!


17 posted on 01/13/2014 4:13:32 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: castlegreyskull

He’s saying the Bush would tear up and Obama NEVER did.


18 posted on 01/13/2014 4:14:48 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: South40

homosexuals get emotional about homosexual acts... no surprise the poofter in chief was very motivated... being one and all.


19 posted on 01/13/2014 4:21:47 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Ann Archy

The “fag” president certainly would support his kind.

If Gates wrote all that damning stuff about the fag, how come Gates is still alive? In Clintoooons day, he would be history and his name would be added to the long list.


20 posted on 01/13/2014 4:21:56 AM PST by Progov
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To: Progov

Because Americans have NO MORALS LEFT.....especially now that 49% PAY NO TAXES and GET MONEY FROM THE GOVT...us.


21 posted on 01/13/2014 4:24:04 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: South40

Obama’s narcissistic and self absorbed.


22 posted on 01/13/2014 5:02:26 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: South40

And isn’t it FUNNY Gates was the man in charge when the Military was transformed— He writes this in his book as he is about to assume his new office as head of the new (Queer)Boy Scouts? Says a lot about where his passion is —eh?


23 posted on 01/13/2014 5:12:30 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: South40

Sociopaths don’t normally get emotional.


24 posted on 01/13/2014 5:27:12 AM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: Joe Boucher
don’t tell me this marxist mooselimb punk isn’t a closet fag. Bet the farm he’s been with other males

I'd go even farther and say he has AIDS. Many have noted how gaunt he has become in the last 5 years. Men who age just don't go in that direction weight-wise, especially when they're downing burgers and fries with Mooshelle.

25 posted on 01/13/2014 8:23:37 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: South40

Homo In Chief


26 posted on 01/13/2014 8:24:55 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Ann Archy

Here is Mitt Romney on DADT in 1994, as he was calling for homosexualizing the military.

One issue I want to clarify concerns President Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue” military policy. I believe that the Clinton compromise was a step in the right direction. I am also convinced that it is the first of a number of steps that will ultimately lead to gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly in our nation’s military. That goal will only be reached when preventing discrimination against gays and lesbians is a mainstream concern, which is a goal we share.


27 posted on 01/13/2014 1:55:22 PM PST by ansel12
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To: TADSLOS

“John the Baptist of the AntiChrist” in Chief


28 posted on 01/13/2014 1:56:40 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: South40

Some woman, Mia Marie Pope, said Obama was gay in high school (went to high school with him). I’ve googled her, & nothing new posted since then. Not even anything about whether she really went to high school with him. I suspect it’s true.


29 posted on 01/13/2014 7:50:30 PM PST by NetAddicted (Just looking)
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To: MrB
“John the Baptist of the AntiChrist” in Chief

You might be closer to the truth than you imagine.

30 posted on 01/14/2014 9:43:47 AM PST by SkyPilot
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