Thirteen years into a war we are not winning --read Eli Lake's latest on the return of al Qaeda to Fallujah-- comes the searing memoir of the second of four Secretaries of Defense who have been second to the president in the chain of command through the long and continuing struggle with radical Islam.
Duty by Robert Gates has been read in full by only a handful of the tens of thousands who will eventually pour over it, but already two or three judgments it renders won't ever be forgotten.
He recounts his thoughts during a tense 2011 meeting with Obama and Gen. David H. Petraeus, then in charge of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, in the White House Situation Room: “As I sat there I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.”
From Chris Cillizza's articles on the book analysis in the the same paper, two takeaways, the first noting that Gates said about Vice President Joe Biden that he has "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."
The second Cillizza piece, zeroing on the far more important revelation, relays Gates portrait of Hillary Clinton --softened by some kind words along the way:
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