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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Newest Obama Tell-All...

Posted by on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM

...comes from Robert Gates, former defense secretary for George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The New York Times's Thom Shanker got an advance copy of Gates's new memoir, and he's pre-spilling all the dirt:

President Obama eventually lost faith in the troop increase he ordered in Afghanistan, his doubts fed by top White House civilian advisers opposed to the strategy, who continually brought him negative news reports suggesting it was failing, according to his former defense secretary, Robert M. Gates.
Mr. Gates calls [Vice President Joe] Biden “a man of integrity,” but he questions the vice president’s judgment. “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Mr. Gates writes.

Oh, good. I was worrying that maybe conservative blogs would run out of stories to grind to death over the next few months, but along comes Gates, in the nick of time, to take the pressure off last year's reheated Benghazi conspiracy theories.


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NotSean 1
How very salacious: Administration disagreement.
Posted by NotSean on January 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
I know, just in time for John blood and guts McCain. He and his war monger wing of the war monger wing want us back in Iraq losing more blood and treasure because they fucked it up so badly.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM · Report this
They told him the strategy was failing at accomplishing...what exactly? We don't even know what the goal is, other than to "win". Maybe they don't either.
Posted by pox on January 7, 2014 at 12:54 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 4
Want to win?

Ship all the troops out & don't tell anyone

Then declare Victory and tell MSM they have to rescue their own reporters
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 7, 2014 at 1:01 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 5
@3 mostly field testing of new weapons systems, actually
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 7, 2014 at 1:02 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 6
I don't know why you're complaining Paul. It's a memoir of someone who served both Republican and Democrat administrations. As it stands now, it's an historical record - no doubt subject to debate. But let the facts be as they may. No president is perfect. I really don't know why you're in tizzy over this.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on January 7, 2014 at 1:04 PM · Report this
"Bush appointee thinks that Biden is wrong."

Wow, what a scoop! Scrap the Spiderman expose, we need to run with this.
Posted by GermanSausage on January 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 8
No Biden fan here, but it seems like Gates' opinion of the VP's policy acumen more accurately fits Darth Cheney.
Posted by Sir Vic on January 7, 2014 at 2:22 PM · Report this
venomlash 9
It will still be served with a garnish of reheated Benghazi-gate.
Posted by venomlash on January 7, 2014 at 3:18 PM · Report this
And what foreign policies was Gates right about, exactly?

The fall of the Soviet Union? Nope.

Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait? Nope.

The rise of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan? Nope.

Pakistan selling nuclear technology? Nope.

The disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq? NOPE. NOPE. NOPE!

Gate was an incompetent right-wing boot licker. Fuck him.
Posted by tkc on January 7, 2014 at 4:52 PM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 11
Damn that Ben Ghazi.
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on January 7, 2014 at 6:16 PM · Report this

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