Less than glowing remarks for the administration
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Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:26 PM
In a new memoir, former defense secretary Robert Gates unleashes harsh judgments about President Obama’s leadership and his commitment to the Afghanistan war, writing that by early 2010 he had concluded the president “doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.”
This is probably the most realistic, honest assessment of any foreign powers presence in Afghanistan ever. No wonder he's not a fan, Obama must have learned himself a little history.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:27 PM
“I never doubted Obama’s support for the troops, only his support for their mission,” Gates writes.
Whut Obama and his socialist cronies hate our troops where is this guy been living
Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:29 PM
Obama remains uncomfortable with the inherited wars and distrustful of the military that is providing him options. Their different worldviews produced a rift that, at least for Gates, became personally wounding and impossible to repair.
You mean the "they hate us for our Freedom!!!" argument didn't quite resonate?
Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:30 PM
“the broad dysfunction in Washington wore me down, especially as I tried to maintain a public posture of nonpartisan calm, reason and conciliation.”
Well if Obama wasn't such a black Chicago person....the Republicans would have not had to attack him constantly and spare Gates his energy.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:31 PM
Gates acknowledges having ambiguous feelings about both conflicts. For example, he writes that he does not know what he would have recommended if he had been asked his opinion on Bush’s 2003 decision to invade Iraq.
Oh so there are a lot of people with issues concerning these wars
Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:33 PM
Earlier in the book, he describes Hillary Clinton in the sort of glowing terms that might be used in a political endorsement. “I found her smart, idealistic but pragmatic, tough-minded, indefatigable, funny, a very valuable colleague, and a superb representative of the United States all over the world,” he wrote.
Looking forward to seeing him on the campaign trail for her shortly. Great job getting her in that position, Obama.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 06:24 PM
The Afghanistan War has been nothing but a military and financial quagmire for the USA, the longest conflict in our nation's history.
The USA can ill afford to be nation building half way around the world under the best of circumstances, much less after the worst global financial disaster in 70 years.
It is hypocritical for any citizen who demands sound fiscal policy from our federal government to support America's continued involvement in Afghanistan.
President Obama should stop kowtowing to the chicken hawks in Congress and remove our troops immediately.
One more young American troop dying for this fool's errand is one too many. Unfortunately we have already lost thousands, with no end in sight.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 07:49 PM
Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:25 PM
If there were would you be posting this?
You, better than anyone, know that Huffpo has that covered already