HOT BLAST: Robert Gates' insight into President Obama and George W. Bush
Jan 09, 2014 | 1292 views |  0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tell-all books from Washington players can be hit-or-miss; a good many of them aren't worth reading.

But that doesn't appear to be the case for the book written by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, "Duty." If you trust this review of the book in the New York Times, Gates' effort gives lots of insight into the Obama and Bush II White Houses, not to mention Gates' strong opinions about Congress and the U.S. military.

According to The Times, "Such widely quoted bits of the book — now being dissected on TV — give the impression that as a whole it is less nuanced and measured than it actually is. In fact, Mr. Gates seems less intent on settling scores here than in trying candidly to lay out his feelings about his tenure at the Pentagon and his ambivalent, sometimes contradictory thoughts about the people he worked with.

"He writes that he found President Obama’s methodical approach to problem solving 'refreshing and reassuring,' and commends his ability to make tough decisions 'regardless of the domestic political consequences.' But he also talks about coming close to resigning, feeling 'deeply uneasy with the Obama White House’s lack of appreciation — from the top down — of the uncertainties and inherent unpredictability of war.' In a note to himself, he wrote: 'They all seem to think it’s a science.'"

-- Phillip Tutor

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