President Barack Obama lacked belief in his administration's policy toward the war in Afghanistan and was skeptical it would even succeed, his former defense secretary, Robert Gates, writes in a memoir to be published next week.
Gates, who served as Pentagon chief from 2006 to 2011 under Obama and his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, mixes strong praise with scathing criticism for Obama and his administration, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Obama doubted his own policy after he decided to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan early in his first term, Gates wrote. The president became “skeptical if not outright convinced it would fail,” a stance that Gates says led him to consider resigning in September 2009.
According to the Washington Post, Gates wrote that Obama "doesn't consider the war to be his. For him, it's all about getting out."
"I never doubted Obama's support for the troops, only his support for their mission," Gates writes.
Apparently that is supposed to be taken as a criticism, that the President did not have faith in the possibility of eradicating al-Qaeda. Which just about everybody who is not some neo-con dimwit would agree is impossible.
And no the war WASN'T President Obama's and who could blame him for not wanting to continue fighting what he realized was an endless war that would, and could, never achieve victory?
Gates also did not agree with Obama when it came to the Bin Laden mission:
In one example of those differences, Gates called Obama’s decision to order the Bin Laden raid, despite doubts about whether the Al Qaeda founder was at the compound in Abbottabad, “one of the most courageous decisions I had ever witnessed in the White House.”
Gates had favored using heavy bombers to obliterate the compound. The option was less risky because it did not involve putting troops on the ground, but might have left doubts about whether Bin Laden was in fact killed.
Gates was also served as George W. Bush's Secretary of Defense from 2006 until the end of his last term, and never even came close to killing or capturing Osama Bin Laden. Yet this failure has the audacity to express criticism at the President's successful plan for taking him out?
Now you might think that the Obama administration would be firing back and attempting to destroy Gates credibility, but you would be wrong:
Obama "deeply appreciates" Gates' service as defense secretary, NSC spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement, and "welcomes differences of view among his national security team, which broaden his options and enhance our policies."
Yeah even when he is being stabbed in the back by somebody who he gave a job to against the wishes of those on the Left who did not trust ANYBODY who served with George W. Bush has the class to respond politely instead of kicking his ungrateful ass all over the place.
No instead of defending himself, Obama is more concerned with how his friend Joe Biden has been portrayed:
The White House is coming to Joe Biden's defense after ex Defense Secretary Robert Gates blasted the vice president for being "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades" in his new memoir.
But Obama came out to defend his No. 2, praising Biden as "one of the leading statesmen of his time" and assuring the public that the President "relies on his good counsel every day."
"The President disagrees with Secretary Gates' assessment," National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said Tuesday in a statement.
You know I believe that instead of this book making me think less of Barack Obama, it is actually making me feel prouder than ever that I supported him through two different campaigns. And continue to do so today.