|Gates Slams Biden for 'Whac-A-Mole' Foreign Policy|
|by Tom McGregor||Tue, Jan 7, 2014, 06:56 PM|
Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has just published a tell-all memoir about his years working for the Obama White House. He did not express terms of endearment for Vice President Joe Biden, and said Biden is never right on his foreign policy judgement.
The Wall Street Journal quotes Gates as saying that, "But if I had learned one useful lesson from Iraq, it was that progress depended on security for much of the population. This was why I could not sign onto Vice President Biden's preferred strategy of reducing our presence in Afghanistan to rely on counterterrorist strikes from afar: "Whac-A-Mole" hits on Taliban leaders weren't a long-term strategy. That is why I continue to believe that the troop increase that Obama boldly approved in late 2009 was the right decision—providing sufficient forces to break the stalemate on the ground, rooting the Taliban out of their strongholds while training a much larger and more capable Afghan army."
Gates also disclosed the remarkable similarities between President Barack Obama and former President Richard Milhouse Nixon.
According to the Wall Street Journal, "I never confronted Obama directly over what I (as well as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-CIA Director and others) saw as his determination that the White House tightly control every aspect of national security policy and even operations. His White House was by far the most centralized and controlling in national security of any I had seen since Richard Nixon and ruled the roost."
Gates had written the memoir, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War," which will be released to the public next week on Tuesday.
To read the entire article from the Wall Street Journal, link here:
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