Gates Was Offended Obama Thought He’d Write a Memoir

He writes in his memoir

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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates writes in his new memoir that President Barack Obama was concerned his national security advisers might later write memoirs — much to Gates’ offense.

 Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War is due out next week, but juicy excerpts have already started leaking out, and in one given to TIME by a source, Gates recounts an April 2010 meeting to discuss Iran policy in the Oval Office. Gates encouraged Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to consider the ramifications of a surprise Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities, he writes. Gates details that he wanted Obama to beef up the U.S. military’s posture in the region that year, including moving in a second aircraft carrier, and additional radar and missile defense capabilities. According to a copy of the text, Gates writes that Obama ended the meeting on a noncommittal note.

I was put off by the way the president closed the meeting.  To his very closest advisers, he said, “For the record, and for those of you writing your memoirs, I am not making any decisions about Israel or Iran. Joe you be my witness.”  I was offended by his suspicion that any of us would ever write about such sensitive matters.

Maybe Obama’s fears weren’t too far off the mark.

15 comments
haroldlewisblair
haroldlewisblair

Gates didn't go far enough-because he didn't mention anything about the real FRAUD of Obama and the deception of America- he reported just the run of the mill Obama corruption- just GOOGLE "Mia Marie Pope" to hear one of his old friends (before politics) talk about why Obama hid his past history at the cost of millions- there is good reason to hide Obama's past-(shocking)

CultureInStereo
CultureInStereo

THAT could go down as one of my favorite Obama quotes of all time. The man, my president, is even smarter and shrewder than I thought. And I already thought pretty damn highly of him. See, these fools don't know. He has a scholarly mind mixed with street smarts, something most of the people in government don't have. Mad love, sir.

SaturNine
SaturNine

He was offended that the President had his number. See these crocodile tears?

curt3rd
curt3rd

Gates thoughts on Biden

"I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,"

LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

...writes in his new memoir.

Hello, Gates, meet irony.

reallife
reallife

The Obama doctrine:


"I am not making any decisions about..."


"Nobody told me about..."


"I wasnt there when..." 


"I first learned about it from the news..."








jmac
jmac

Bonus quote of the Day, for sure.   

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

He got offended that he was suspected of doing something that he ended up doing? Sounds logical.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

I have to say I am struck by how sensitive the former Sec. of Defense is. So many hurt feelings in these leaks.

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

Excerpts from this book seem to get stranger and stranger.  Gates seems to have been held in high bipartisan esteem, but from what little I have seen about this book, I don't think it will benefit that status.

jason024
jason024

@curt3rd Good thing Gates was right on not trusting Gorbachev wait....he was wrong? and It wasn't the last time...

jmac
jmac

@reallife  Obama made a firm decision on Afghanistan.  If you agree with the generals and wanted to waste America's money on Karsai and nation building instead of withdrawing, that's certainly an opinion you can have.


Biden's counter-insurgency was a much better plan.  As Gates hits Biden's, he can comment on his own record.   Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher decided to believe and work with the reformer Gorbachev.   CIA direct Robert Gates thought he was not to be trusted, was not a reformer and felt Reagan was walking into a Soviet ploy.  Fortunately, Reagan and Thatcher didn't listen to Gates.   Was REagan like Obama in listening and deciding?  In this instance -  Yo!  


How about Iran-Contra?  Gates wanted a bombing campaign against Nicaragua.  Did he know nothing about the illegal activities in Iran-Contra?   If he didn't, he certainly should have.  His record is a little dicey on that one.  

jmac
jmac

@formerlyjames It's hard to tell without reading the book - cherry-picking a sentence here or there can be deceiving.  But his comment that at least Bush was decisive in the Iraq invasion kind of threw me for a loop as he hit Obama for switching to counter-insurgency in Afghanistan.