Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has finally released his memoir, and he pulls no punches. Democrats and Republicans alike feel the wrath of the long time Washington, D.C. operative in his new book. Secretary Gates began his tenure as Secretary of Defense in 2006, with just two years left of the Bush administration and our nation growing ever-more tired of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. When President Obama was elected President in 2008, Gates was the only cabinet member to be kept on from the previous administration.
Gates discusses those early days in his memoir.
Gates, the only high-level holdover from the Bush administration to the President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, reveals he nearly quit his post in September 2009 while Obama reviewed his Afghanistan strategy. According to the Times, Gates writes he was “deeply uneasy with the Obama White House’s lack of appreciation — from the top down — of the uncertainties and unpredictability of war…I came closer to resigning that day than at any other time in my tenure, though no one knew it.”
Gates has a seemingly harsh opinion of Vice President Joe Biden according to the New York Times who got an early copy the memoir. According to Gates, Biden is “a man of integrity,” but questions his record. “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.
The one moment of the book that could have the most impact on the national mind, though, has to do with one of Gates’ memories of Hillary Clinton. In detailing his memory of a conversation between President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, Gates was surprised at how immoral the two politicians could be.
“Hillary told the president that her opposition to the  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.”
While it might not be surprising that a politician would do things out of political motivations, it is surprising that a politician as seasoned as Clinton would admit it. Consider what she is saying here. “Hillary told the president that her opposition to the  surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary…” She is essentially saying that her political future is more important to her than the lives of thousands (perhaps millions) people. She didn’t care about the thousands of soldiers (and their families) that she was putting in danger (by not providing them with the support they needed). She didn’t care about the thousands of people whose lives were at risk in Afghanistan and Iraq. She didn’t care about the impact that the war could have on the future of our nation…
All she cared about was winning the next election.
We have to remember this and remind Democrat voters about it every chance we get in 2016. Hillary Clinton does not deserve to represent any American, let alone every American, as she would do as President.
I think Secretary Gates book will be quite interesting, but I hope it wakes up that portion of our nation that believes politicians like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are trustworthy or looking out for our best. The only thing they really care about is themselves.
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