Wow. Robert Gates just dropped an O-bomb. No wonder we had to send the squirrels out yesterday to demand “emergency” unemployment relief for the little people still unable to find a job in George W. Bush’s recession.
In what might be considered an understatement, Bob Woodward says: “It is rare for a former Cabinet member, let alone a defense secretary occupying a central position in the chain of command, to publish such an antagonistic portrait of a sitting president.” Butt as we’ve noted many times, when you’re dealing with a historical presidency, it’s not surprising that historical precedents continue to fall by the wayside.
In addition to all the stuff about Big Guy being a pretty crappy leader, Former Secretary of Defense Gates said that he never sensed any deep passion from “No Drama” Obama except with respect to his commitment to repealing the law prohibiting gays from serving openly in the military.
“I worked for Obama longer than Bush and I never saw his eyes well up,” Gates writes “The only military matter, apart from leaks, about which I ever sensed deep passion on his part was 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”
Not only did did Mr. Gates go on to compare Big Guy’s White House to (gasp!) Richard Nixon’s,
he also accused Joey B of “poisoning the well” against military leadership. Although he doesn’t say whether he did it on purpose or not.
He went on to say that although Joey was a “man of integrity,” he found him to be “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” Which is not – surprisingly - a record in D.C.. Nor is it a great argument for the school of “best intentions” or the philosophy of “consistency.”
Not that we have to worry much about that around here; we seem to be suffering currently from a dearth of “great souls” and a surplus of Hollow Men:
National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the President “disagrees with Secretary Gates’ assessment” of the vice president. Butt of course: how can you dis someone who has gone to bat for you in the past like Joey has:
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," Biden said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."
That’s high praise, indeed. Because in his world (Washington D.C.) a good story is going to be better than the truth, all day long.
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