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Gates Faults Obama Over Afghanistan
The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 7, 2014 | JULIAN E. BARNES and PETER NICHOLAS

Posted on 01/07/2014 5:24:38 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

WASHINGTON—Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates compiled a pointed critique of President Barack Obama's oversight of the Afghanistan war in a new memoir that exposes strains within the administration over a vital period for U.S. military strategy.

Mr. Gates writes that the president lost faith in the very war strategy he approved, wanted most to find a way out of combat, soured on his handpicked commander and tried to micromanage Pentagon policy, with White House aides facing off against four-star generals.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; douglaselute; joebiden; katiecouric; robertgates; thomasdonilon; waronterror

1 posted on 01/07/2014 5:24:38 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Here is a quote I found interesting
“Obama echoed Gates’s comments in a July 10, 2010, interview for my book “Obama’s Wars.” The president said: “Bob Gates has, I think, served me extraordinarily well. And part of the reason is, you know, I’m not sure if he considers this an insult or a compliment, but he and I actually think a lot alike, in broad terms.””


2 posted on 01/07/2014 5:26:57 PM PST by plain talk
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To: MinorityRepublican

The U.S. military’s worst enemy is the commie buffoons on Capitol Hill and Washington, D.C. They, their ‘lawyer’ pals and the ‘media’ in this country have killed more U.S. military men and women than all of America’s enemies.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 5:29:04 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (If you like your ObamaCare, you can keep your ObamaCare. I'll pass. PERIOD!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I’m torn here, as I have really heard nothing good about gates or his judgement.

I do hope we see more of the supporting cast throwing in the towel.


4 posted on 01/07/2014 5:32:09 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I trust the words of nobody who served even one microsecond in this regime. Gates should’ve stepped down on that dark, dreary day Obama took power.


5 posted on 01/07/2014 5:35:15 PM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“...The U.S. military’s worst enemy is the commie buffoons on Capitol Hill and Washington, D.C. They, their ‘lawyer’ pals and the ‘media’ in this country have killed more U.S. military men and women than all of America’s enemies.....”

Amen Bro. Truer words never spoken. I would encourage any young person today seeking direction in their lives to say AWAY from the military and those already in there to get out before they’re sodomized.
Stay away from big government as well. Make your money the old fashioned way, not stealing it from your fellow citizens.


6 posted on 01/07/2014 5:36:37 PM PST by lgjhn23 (It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
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To: driftdiver

Gates was a disgusting, self-serving SecDef. However, he may be right about Obama...


7 posted on 01/07/2014 5:39:04 PM PST by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: driftdiver

Here is a quote via NRO:

“Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. . . . The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/367797/gates-hillary-obama-admitted-they-opposed-surge-political-reasons-alec-torres

What dismays me is that someone as high as Gates didn’t know it without being told...


8 posted on 01/07/2014 5:43:44 PM PST by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: All

More:

“Gates offers a glowing appraisal of Clinton, who he says is “smart, idealistic but pragmatic, tough-minded, indefatigable, funny, a very valuable colleague, and a superb representative of the United States all over the world,” but the president comes in for harsher criticism.”

Does anyone REALLY need to know more about Gates’ lack of judgment?

The Washington Compost has a long article with more puke-worthy quotes:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/robert-gates-former-defense-secretary-offers-harsh-critique-of-obamas-leadership-in-duty/2014/01/07/6a6915b2-77cb-11e3-b1c5-739e63e9c9a7_story.html


9 posted on 01/07/2014 5:48:40 PM PST by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: Mr Rogers

“What dismays me is that someone as high as Gates didn’t know it without being told..”

He must have been 1 of 3 people in the US that didn’t know.


10 posted on 01/07/2014 5:53:24 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Mr Rogers

Key quote there; probably intended to support HIllary.


11 posted on 01/07/2014 5:54:16 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

....he profess his “love” for the troops, but went along with the ODUNGO RoE....
....he writes about Generals saying two hour window to air lift the wounded was good enough, while HE wanted 1 hour.....BS....don’t know a general one who would say a wounded troop could “wait” an extra hour to be evacuated....
we’ve all heard of the “magic hour”


12 posted on 01/07/2014 5:56:53 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: MinorityRepublican

"The first, he says, was Obama’s decision to seek the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward gays serving in the military. Though Gates says he supported the decision, there had been months and months of debate, with details still to work out. On one day’s notice, Obama informed Gates and Mullen that he would announce his request for a repeal of the law. Obama had “blindsided Admiral Mullen and me,” Gates writes. Similarly, in a battle over defense spending, “I was extremely angry with President Obama,” Gates writes. “I felt he had breached faith with me . . . on the budget numbers.” As with “don’t ask, don’t tell,” “I felt that agreements with the Obama White House were good for only as long as they were politically convenient."

Well, well, well. Robert Gates is surprised that Obama gutted the military by over $300 Billion in 2008 to divert to his "stimulus", again by another $487 Billion in 2011, and again by $650 Billion due to Sequestration in 2013? And he was also surprised that Obama (almost certainly a homosexual himself and a notorious member of Chicago's infamous "Down Low" club) fast tracked homosexuality in the military?

Today, we are dealing with the consequences of this sin and tragedy, and Robert Gates is partly to blame. This morning, the DoD announced Millions in new spending for homosexual "spouses" benefits, while the DoD is planning on gutting military TRICARE, and pensions for the disabled and widows have already been cut. Military readiness is in a shambles, and morale is in the toilet.

13 posted on 01/07/2014 6:02:36 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: ScottinVA

I was conflicted on this, BUT, if not Gates, then whom? It would have been someone very far to the left or someone openly and proudly anti-military.

Sometimes the better part wisdom is to ‘stay in the game’ to ameliorate the damage. Gates probably had to think long and hard before accepting the appointment.

Note that the last 3 Dem-appointed SecDefs have been either Republican (Gates/Hagel) or formerly Republican (Panetta).


14 posted on 01/07/2014 6:13:12 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: MinorityRepublican

Why in the hell didn’t Gates speak up then? He had a duty to do so. He failed. Gates was an idiot just as Rumsfeld was. Gates for not having his Generals backs, Rumsfeld for not listening to his. Good riddance to both, they were asshats.


15 posted on 01/07/2014 6:27:13 PM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: SkyPilot

“I felt that agreements with the Obama White House were good for only as long as they were politically convenient.”

Our allies the world over have found this out the hard way the last 5 years.


16 posted on 01/07/2014 7:34:59 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Mr Rogers

Oh geez, now it all comes together and makes sense. Clinton’s campaign has begun. Thanks for the info


17 posted on 01/07/2014 7:40:43 PM PST by HollyB
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To: driftdiver
Gates is/was a career Washington nonentity. He survived by keeping his head down and never engaging anyone in any contest he might lose. he is the official parallel to David Gergen, the only "consultant" who never had a defined opinion that couldn't be changed in the blink of an eye.
18 posted on 01/07/2014 8:54:28 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: SoothingDave; Mr Rogers

>> but pragmatic, tough-minded, indefatigable, funny,

>> indefatigable

Word ping


19 posted on 01/07/2014 9:14:43 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: ScottinVA

That’s probly right. I always liked Gates, thot he was competent, and maybe he was staying to look out for his guys as best he could. But he had chances to speak up, take a hard line against the dumbass Kenyan, and he didn’t. That failure is just gutless bureaukrat sliding.

When they give us the stars and bars and the supergrade GS’s a certain amount of fortitude is required. I’m not seeing anything from the book I didn’t already know so I won’t be buying one. It’s too bad that the Kenyan has gotten so many people dirty but there’s room on the farm for all of them to go back to.


20 posted on 01/08/2014 10:07:31 AM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Gates criticism is too little too late. Where’s the book’s profit going? If it’s not all being donated to the Wounded Warriors Project, it’s blood money. Same goes for the military brass. Silence. Same goes for the churches and their incredible silence, all in an effort to keep their tax exempt status.

I quit a job over principles, and I needed the job as much as the next person. It required me to stand up to the intimidation of a trade union and one of it’s favorite sons by reporting serious safety violations to the management at a nuclear power plant, when no one else would. I wondered whether I might catch a stray bullet, have an untimely automobile accident, or a really big surprise starting my truck one last time.


21 posted on 01/08/2014 12:55:33 PM PST by freepersup (Patrolling the waters off Free Republic one dhow at a time.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
.... with White House aides facing off against four-star generals.

Morons versus ascended masters, and the morons won.

22 posted on 01/08/2014 2:39:26 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: EDINVA
Sometimes the better part wisdom is to ‘stay in the game’ to ameliorate the damage.

So it was said about Gates when he reported aboard, that that was his motivation.

So, how did that insider game work out for us this time, guys?

What would have been the downside to letting Obama have his head, run wild for a while, and using the ensuing smashup and disaster to instruct the educable part of the electorate?

Right now we're getting the worst of both worlds. And FReepers are posting mordant reflections that, if the Iranians and Norks do nuke us, at least they'll take out scores of millions of reflexive and invincibly ignorant Democratic voters.

23 posted on 01/08/2014 2:49:21 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: HollyB
Oh geez, now it all comes together and makes sense. Clinton’s campaign has begun.

Shoe, meet floor.

It would appear that Gates's signalling to Hillary may be another part of the move by the RiNOate to repudiate and, if possible, expel the GOP base ("Main Street Republicans") from the Party, the better to converge and merge with the apparently-victorious Reds.

Here, Gates is moving even farther and faster than most of the hashmarked powers-that-be, and openly making his transitional walk away from what used to be Republicanism, to play for the other side.

If there's to be a one-party government and a one-armed "People's Republic", then Gates would like to be part of it.

All for unselfish, public-spirited reasons, of course.

24 posted on 01/08/2014 2:56:34 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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25 posted on 01/08/2014 5:56:44 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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