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  •  Obama's approach on Afghanistan (0+ / 0-)

    was a bit more nuanced (mini-surge, shift to anti-terror), but Gates didn't have -- and doesn't have -- a criticism of that.  What he has is a description of Gates' own thoughts on observing Obama being upset at an NSC meeting.

    I hate that Gates puts me in the position of defending Congress, but they have the Constitutional right to be as truculent as their constituents will tolerate, and in the case of the Iraq surge, the obligation.  I'm sorry that Gates saw that as such an imposition, but he said nothing about it to anyone at the time, so why should we care now?  He wrote in the WSJ excerpt, "I wanted to storm out."  But he didn't.  

    The other issue is how the media interpret Gates' comments -- they side with his narrative, the self-anointed view from nowhere "Centrist" garbage, even though the facts Gates lays out thoroughly contradict it.  It's the worst mismatch between text and subtext since the Starr report.

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 02:05:12 PM PST

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    •  Yes, but Afghanistan also trickier situation (0+ / 0-)

      Afghanistan was the first country where efforts concentrating on defeating Al-Qaeda and given President Bush's concentration was SOLELY on Iraq, we heard more about Iraq than Afghanistan and less concentration in Afghanistan than Iraq.

      I myself have never been comfortable about the whole Afghanistan situation.  Obama really got handed a diffcult situation and one hell of a mess from President Bush so I'm sure he made the best decisions possible in crazy circumstances.

      I agree that Robert Gates though is not an ideologue.  That's the interesting part.  However, we're hearing this NOW as opposed to when Gates was Secretary of Defense.

      I can definitely sense Darrell Issa wants to launch an investigation into this.

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