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NBC's Lauer Grills Bob Gates on 'Dangerous or Dishonorable' Criticism of Obama
http://newsbusters.org ^ | January 13, 2014 | Kyle Drennen

Posted on 01/13/2014 11:09:51 AM PST by Whenifhow

During a live interview with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer suggested that criticism of President Obama in Gates's new memoir was endangering American troops overseas: "As this criticism is leveled by you in the book of the commander-in-chief, the acting commander-in-chief, at a time when some 40,000 U.S. troops are in harm's way, do you think that by calling him into question at this stage it is either dangerous or dishonorable?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

After Gates rejected the notion, Lauer insisted: "But you don't think it undermines his credibility with the troops he is commander-in-chief of right now?" At the top of the show, Lauer teased the interview: "Robert Gates on his new memoir and his criticism of President Obama. Is it fair with U.S. troops still in harm's way?"

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bobgates; foreignaffairs; military; obama
Full Title: NBC's Lauer Grills Bob Gates on 'Dangerous or Dishonorable' Criticism of Obama
1 posted on 01/13/2014 11:09:51 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: LucyT; Nachum

FYI
Video on you tube
Today: 1-13-14
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQbMDABTfUA


2 posted on 01/13/2014 11:10:52 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

Well no Dem ever criticized Bush when he was CIC, right....


3 posted on 01/13/2014 11:11:20 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Whenifhow

Haha. Is Lauer claiming he didn’t bash George Bush during the Iraq war?


4 posted on 01/13/2014 11:12:55 AM PST by what's up
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To: Whenifhow

Whatever happened to that leftist “dissent is the highest form of patriotism” crap?


5 posted on 01/13/2014 11:13:57 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: SunkenCiv

Full video interview on this page (6:50)
Robert Gates: My memoir has been ‘hijacked’ by politics

http://www.today.com/news/robert-gates-my-memoir-has-been-hijacked-politics-2D11914115


6 posted on 01/13/2014 11:14:05 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

I get all “tingly” when Matt gets tough /sarc


7 posted on 01/13/2014 11:16:02 AM PST by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: colorado tanker

And I hear the shrill echo of Hillary on this very subject...
“I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic.”


8 posted on 01/13/2014 11:16:51 AM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: Whenifhow
""Robert Gates on his new memoir and his criticism of President Obama. Is it fair with U.S. troops still in harm's way?""

Did he add "because we NEVER criticized Bush during the time troops were in the field"...

I hope he did because I could use a good laugh

9 posted on 01/13/2014 11:17:13 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Whenifhow
"But you don't think it undermines his credibility with the troops he is commander-in-chief of right now?"

Obama sure didn't need any help from Gates to accomplish that mission.

10 posted on 01/13/2014 11:17:21 AM PST by circlecity
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To: Whenifhow

ask Marines who have met their C&C recently what they think of him


11 posted on 01/13/2014 11:17:54 AM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: Whenifhow

Matt Lauer is a slimey POS slub. After we successfully toppled Sadam and the locals started looting, the rats immediately started criticizing and undermining President Bush. We never recovered from that.


12 posted on 01/13/2014 11:18:00 AM PST by jersey117
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To: griswold3

Yeah, what difference does it make, anyway?


13 posted on 01/13/2014 11:18:11 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: griswold3

THE SUMMER OF 2014:
______________________
______________________

Today is the last watershed day for America, because it is the last chance for the US Supreme Court to exercise a Constitutional Check and Balance on the current rogue, tyrannical and oppressive Federal Administration.

Chief Justice John “Traitor” Roberts will probably again refuse to abide with the clear Constitutional Law, and again rewrite the US Constitution to his own liking, in similar manner to what Roberts did with the Constitutionality of the Obamacare Case when he un-Constutionally converted a legal fine into an illegal tax.

Today the US Supreme Court takes up the issue of whether or not an Administration can act without Congressional Approval on matters relating to personnel appointments.

The topic of bypassing the House on approving the spending of taxpayer’s dollars by the Administration will not be considered today, except tangentially, as the appointed personnel will be paid with taxpayer dollars, which would be a bypassing of the Constitutional Control of the Purse by the US House of Representatives.

We taxpayers view this as a clear cut case where we have “Taxation Without Representation” because our Representatives have not been part of the decision-making process.

Examples of a few Imperial matters of record include the following:
* Senator Reid’s Democrats recent voting to turn the US Congress into the US Parliament,
* Boehner’s refusal to appoint House Special Prosecutors for each of the Five Obama Administration Scandals,
* Obama’s four years of Imperial actions, and
* the recent history, ( Traitor Roberts’ Obamacare decision), of the US Supreme Court’s proven reluctance to provide their Constitutional duty of a Check and Balance on the other two Branches of the US Federal Government.

With the usual US Supreme Court private straw vote today that always follows the 30 minute Official Hearing before the Court, America’s future fate will be sealed, and later proclaimed between now and the Summer of 2014.

Either way that the NINE SUPREMES rule on this case, “The Summer of 2014” will prove to be the Summer that decided whether or not our Founding Fathers fought King George the Third of England in vain - - - .

____________________
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THE SUMMER OF 2014.


14 posted on 01/13/2014 11:19:19 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: All

Yes Matt, I agree that Øbozo’s actions have been both dangerous AND dishonorable.


15 posted on 01/13/2014 11:22:30 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Whenifhow

Neck brace? Gates strain his neck from trying to watch his back?


16 posted on 01/13/2014 11:23:23 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Graewoulf; colorado tanker; All

This appears to be an ad created by someone – good ad!
1:26 Minutes
Elections, What Difference Do They Make?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_dIvyW0_eU


17 posted on 01/13/2014 11:23:26 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow
"But you don't think it undermines his credibility with the troops he is commander-in-chief of right now?"

I'm pretty sure that Supreme Generalissimo Obongo has never had any "credibility" with the troops...


18 posted on 01/13/2014 11:29:27 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Whenifhow; All

Any guesses or bets on how long till Gates commits “Arkencyide”.....


19 posted on 01/13/2014 11:30:08 AM PST by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25 Pacem Bello Pastoribus Canes [shepard of peace,dogs of war])
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To: Whenifhow

In third world dictatorships you DON’T criticize the top guy.

Now that 0 has made the USA a third world dictatorship, you don’t dare criticize him.


20 posted on 01/13/2014 11:30:20 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Whenifhow

If the same book had been written about Bush or Reagan Lauer would have been calling Gates “Admirable” its only a no no when someone dare criticizes the media’s messiah


21 posted on 01/13/2014 11:30:46 AM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Blood of Tyrants; LucyT

Neck brace? Gates strain his neck from trying to watch his back?
******
Thanks for noticing!
CBS interview one day ago - Jan. 12, 2014 (date of filming unknown)
Robert Gates, “Duty”
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/robert-gates-duty/

Remember when Biden made a public appearance with a black eye?


22 posted on 01/13/2014 11:31:23 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: colorado tanker

Leftists can’t be hypocrites, because their only core belief is the advancement of communism.


23 posted on 01/13/2014 11:32:18 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: I want the USA back

To find out who rules over you, figure out whom you can’t criticize.


24 posted on 01/13/2014 11:32:55 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Whenifhow

OF COURSE it is dangerous and dishonrable to citicize Obama.

He’s a BLACK President!!! What is WRONG with Gates??

Lauer is totally correct. Never criticize The One.

BULL. Lauer is the left’s puppet along iwth all the NBC, SEE-BS, ABC, CNN Crowd.


25 posted on 01/13/2014 11:32:59 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: what's up
Class assignment:

Compare and contrast Scott McClellan (sp)former Bush 43 press secretary (aka incompetent boob) book reception by media vs. Secretary Gates book reception.

26 posted on 01/13/2014 11:33:25 AM PST by slapshot
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To: Whenifhow
Like they didn't try to destroy republican presidents when they were leading wars. I have seen Matt Lauer. I don’t even watch network TV any more.But, everything I have heard about him and seen printed from him leads me to believe that he is thoroughly despicable.
27 posted on 01/13/2014 11:35:46 AM PST by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing Corksucker.)
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To: Whenifhow
Lauer insisted: "But you don't think it undermines his credibility with the troops he is commander-in-chief of right now?"

From the Soldiers and Vets I know and talk to, you can't lose something from nothing. Obama has no credibility. The premise is again, flawed.

28 posted on 01/13/2014 11:44:27 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (Liberals can afford for things to go well, to work, for folks to be happy. They'd be out of work.)
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To: Whenifhow

I read the highlighted portion and thought “but it was OK to question and undermine Bush when he was in office wasn’t it Matt boy????”


29 posted on 01/13/2014 11:44:42 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: Whenifhow

Hmm, I don’t recall Matt grilling any leftists about their criticism of Bush!!!


30 posted on 01/13/2014 11:47:49 AM PST by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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To: Whenifhow

Matt Lauer, like all the other media types, is speaking from his own vast military experience and multiple combat tours in expressing his concern.

Oh! Wait! Never mind.


31 posted on 01/13/2014 11:51:19 AM PST by oldbill
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To: Whenifhow

Matt Liar. He’s just a paid Democrat liar.


32 posted on 01/13/2014 12:08:13 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Whenifhow

Matt Lauer; loser, idiot and longtime commie shill.


33 posted on 01/13/2014 12:19:16 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Whenifhow

Just another on their knees full fledged Obama Ki$$ A$$. These people still call themselves journalists and that should make all of us laugh. He is a programed leftist robot who is extending the push of liberalism and the totalitarian Obama reign of terror on our personal freedoms and rights.


34 posted on 01/13/2014 12:20:47 PM PST by oldenuff2no ( .)
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To: Whenifhow

Lauer is on his knees again servicing Obozo.


35 posted on 01/13/2014 12:30:01 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: Whenifhow

Well hell Matt. It’s outright SEDITIOUS, isn’t it? This would be a reason for a treason charge, and summary execution, wouldn’t it, you f***ing Nazi?


36 posted on 01/13/2014 12:38:09 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz
Well hell Matt. It’s outright SEDITIOUS, isn’t it? This would be a reason for a treason charge, and summary execution, wouldn’t it, you f***ing Nazi?

Just trying to remember when Lauer went after critics of Bush while actively waging a campaign in Afghanistan. Help me out, would you?

37 posted on 01/13/2014 12:41:49 PM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: Whenifhow

Gates should have walked out on the stage with a big glass pitcher of Kool-Aid, in the classic smiling pitcher. He could offer Lauer a glass and say, my brand of Koolaid taste better, and it doesn’t reduce the intellect like that stuff you’ve been drinking. Wanna try some?


38 posted on 01/13/2014 12:46:28 PM PST by lee martell
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To: Whenifhow

Wouldn’t be wonderful if someone just knocked matt’s teeth down his throat.


39 posted on 01/13/2014 12:55:43 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Whenifhow
Robert Gates on his new memoir and his criticism of President Obama. Is it fair with U.S. troops still in harm's way?"

Anyone with a brain would know that Obama, the Democrats, the Media, and establishment Republicans despise our troops.

Otherwise:

1. They would initiate a plan to win the war or they'd leave. It's unethical to have people die for a mission you have no interest in pursuing.

2. They would fund troop salaries, veteran promises, and retiree deferred compensation the way they promised.

3. They'd never have had families told the government refuses funding for the return of remains of loved ones.

4. They'd never have blocked veteran memorials

40 posted on 01/13/2014 12:56:05 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: llevrok

I’ll bet he wears panty hose under his snow pants when he goes skiing.


41 posted on 01/13/2014 1:32:41 PM PST by tillacum
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To: tillacum

As heard on Mark Levin’s Show:

“Walking around in womens underwear”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn6HI5JQBhQ


42 posted on 01/13/2014 1:43:38 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

Memories. chuckle.


43 posted on 01/13/2014 1:56:48 PM PST by tillacum
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To: Whenifhow
"As this criticism is leveled by you in the book of the commander-in-chief, the acting commander-in-chief, at a time when some 40,000 U.S. troops are in harm's way, do you think that by calling him into question at this stage it is either dangerous or dishonorable?"

After Gates rejected the notion, Lauer insisted: "But you don't think it undermines his credibility with the troops he is commander-in-chief of right now?" At the top of the show, Lauer teased the interview: "Robert Gates on his new memoir and his criticism of President Obama. Is it fair with U.S. troops still in harm's way?"

As an interviewer, it must be nice to show up to work and know all your questions are ready to be asked.

You simply check your emails from the Democrat National Committee, then repeat them verbatim.

44 posted on 01/13/2014 2:08:38 PM PST by Bratch
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To: Timber Rattler

I’ve been military all my life, worked with soldiers for 20 years. Look carefully at the soldiers’ eyes. As the bear said - “R-uh R-oh!


45 posted on 01/13/2014 2:11:17 PM PST by ArmyTeach ( Videteco eos prius (See 'em first) Sculpin 191)
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To: Whenifhow

Change Obama to Bush and see if the question remained the same.


46 posted on 01/13/2014 4:33:12 PM PST by ballplayer
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To: Whenifhow; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Whenifhow.


47 posted on 01/13/2014 5:18:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Whenifhow

I can’t say the word on a Conservative, family forum for what falls from Matt Liar’s prissified
oral orifice during the insane political expostulations that he smears all over his show.

He should at least spray some fly killer to keep the vermin down.


48 posted on 01/14/2014 7:09:15 AM PST by TheOldLady
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