Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.


Bout as subtle as an M1 panzer parked in Najaf's golden dome thing while the crew stretched their legs and take a leak!

Great Satan's avuncular former Dec Sec (the 22nd for those who collect such intell) unleahes a nebelwerfer diss on 44 and his entire posse  
Leveling one of the more serious charges that a defense secretary could make against a commander in chief sending forces into combat, Gates asserts that 44 had more than doubts about the course he had charted in Afghanistan.

“Skeptical if not outright convinced it would fail, 44 doesn’t believe in his own AFPAK strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.” 
"Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War” shows bunches of frustration, inward seething disappointment and General Purpose P.O.ness in 44 yet reflects outright contempt for Vice President Biden and many of 44’s top aides.  
Biden is accused of “poisoning the well” against the military leadership. Thomas Donilon, initially 44’s deputy national security adviser, and then-Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, the White House coordinator for the wars, are described as regularly engaged in “aggressive, suspicious, and sometimes condescending and insulting questioning of our military leaders.

“All too early in 44's administration, suspicion and distrust of senior military officers by senior White House officials — including the president and vice president — became a big problem for me as I tried to manage the relationship between the commander in chief and his military leaders.”

“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. . . . 44 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.”   
DefSec Gates served with 6 Commanders in Chief  since 44, (save 42) alla way back to 37 .

The fact that such a prestigious cat would LOL the living daylights out of the current posse is significant.

Pic - "Great Satan's ability to deal with future threats will depend on herperformance in current conflicts. "