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Gates Memoir Rocks Washington

Excerpts of the forthcoming memoir, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has shaken much of Washington, particularly the Obama administration.

The reason is because it is a scathing look into the inner workings of the Obama administration, Obama himself and Vice President Joe Biden.

For example, on the troop surge in Afghanistan, Gates describes Obama as “skeptical if not outright convinced it would fail.” He says 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.”

As for Joe Biden, Gates writes, "I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." While he does call him a “man of integrity,” Gates accuses Biden of "poisoning the well" for military leadership. The White House has already come out to defend Biden, stating that “the president disagrees with Secretary Gates' assessment …”

Hillary Clinton also appears in the book. In an exchange Gates describes as “remarkable,” he writes: “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.”

Needless to say, the stinging critique couldn't have come at a worse time for an administration that is already sorely lacking in trust in the eyes of the American people.