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The Gates Earthquake

The Gates Earthquake 

Hugh Hewitt | Jan 08, 2014

Thirteen years into a war we are not winning –read Eli Lake’s latest on the return of al Qaeda to Fallujah — comes the searing memoir of the second of four Secretaries of Defense who have been second to the president in the chain of command through the long and continuing struggle with radical Islam.

Duty by Robert Gates has been read in full by only a handful of the tens of thousands who will eventually pour over it, but already two or three judgments it renders won’t ever be forgotten.

From Greg Jaffe’s review in the Washington Post:

He recounts his thoughts during a tense 2011 meeting with Obama and Gen. David H. Petraeus, then in charge of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, in the White House Situation Room: “As I sat there I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.

From Chris Cillizza’s articles on the book analysis in the the same paper, two takeaways, the first noting that Gates said about Vice President Joe Biden that he has “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.

The second Cillizza piece , zeroing on the far more important revelation, relays Gates portrait of Hillary Clinton –softened by some kind words along the way:

“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. . . . The president 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.

These are hammer blows, each of them, and there will be more as the general public and not the White House-protecting MSM gain access to the book. Take a look at Bob Woodward’s expanded assessment this morning, which evolves as he find new and even more searing slices at Team Obama :

Gates says his instructions to the Pentagon were: “Don’t give the White House staff and [national security staff] too much information on the military options. They don’t understand it, and ‘experts’ like Samantha Power will decide when we should move militarily.” Power, then on the national security staff and now U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has been a strong advocate for humanitarian intervention.

Another time, after Donilon and Biden tried to pass orders to Gates, he told the two, “The last time I checked, neither of you are in the chain of command,” and said he expected to get orders directly from Obama.

Woodward’s take given his intense focus on the war for the past dozen years is the one to watch and read, and from last night when I first reported on the book and the early reaction, Woodward’s keen eye for the key detail is unearthing new nuggets. watch that space all day.

Like early reports from a remote region hit by a 7.0 trembler, the early assessments of Duty almost certainly fail to capture its full impact. Only after the whole book is available for a few weeks to all interested parties –including the military from its senior ranks to its greenest private to its rolls of retired, wounded and widowed– will the full impact of the important memoir be known.

I hope former Secretary Gates makes himself available for long interviews, and not just with me, but with any serious, prepared host. As I noted at the top, we are losing this war. Gates is the third of the six men –two presidents and four SecDefs– who have been at the very top of the decision-making machine. We have long ago absorbed the lessons of President Bush and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, but Robert Gates will offer an entirely new set of insights. People serious about the war, who understand how long it will go on and how America has to change its position and the momentum of the conflict, need candid, searching assessments of what has happened to date. Secretary Gates has indeed done his duty with Duty, and the assessments and interviews that follow will be crucial to gleaning from the book all that it has to offer, if not to this president and White House, then to the next.

http://townhall.com/columnists/hughhewitt/2014/01/08/the-gates-earthquake-n1773578/page/2


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Comments on: "The Gates Earthquake" (25)

  1. Gotta’ say, Pepper, that I am kind of waiting to get the book before I really comment about this. The article is great and thanx for posting it.

    Now from the snippets released, it doesn’t look good for the Resident and others in the administration. Especially the Hillery/Obama admission. That’s just despicable. As for Biden, well Gates’ comments are very strong. Will be interested to see the quote in context.

    But I don’t need a book from Gates to know there are snakes in the grass.

    Say, I have babbled a lot for someone who was going to “really comment” until the book was read! 🙂

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    • peppermintfarm said:

      Mrs.Al,

      Fair enough. I do like the fact that Gates is not a partisan so his words go further than someone who is a one sided character. His book should be interesting. Myself, I don’t doubt what he says.

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  2. About time someone came out and told the truth about this admin.

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  3. Gar Swaffar said:

    O & Biden are dummies and foolish to boot? Gates must be moving to North Korea where he’ll be safe.

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  4. Very good, Pepp, This new will have to digest a little. But nothing we really didn’t know about the fraudulent dictator. Why does he never get any real opposition?

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    • peppermintfarm said:

      Bull,

      Yeah, nothing we didn’t know. In fact I think the rotten ass sent them over there just to get them killed. I don’t why there is no opposition but it makes me sick.

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      • I think Gates may have been prepared to fight external radicalism, but not for fighting it from within our government.

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        • peppermintfarm said:

          Bull, I agree. I recall him sitting at one of those investigation hearings and not looking happy about the subject and it looked like he was almost ready to explode and tell the truth at the time, but held back.

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  5. This is welcome news from someone that was on the inside. It’s about damn time too. Sadly, none of this is a new revelation to those of us paying attention.

    The media will cover this up and Gates will be labeled as someone with sour grapes.

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    • peppermintfarm said:

      HN,

      You’re probably right. Although since Gates is not a partisan his words may carry more weight, but the media will ignore it for the Evil One.

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  6. Obama was placed in this position. And I’ll bet a dollar to a doughnut that there’ll be information that would make worms squirm. Hope so, anyway~!

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    • peppermintfarm said:

      Grouchy, he sure was placed in this position. I’m reading the Manchurian Candidate right now and the info in that book is unbelievable.

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      • I have the book, “The Manchurian President” by Aaron Klein and Brenda Elliott. I haven’t had the chance to read it, due to my other researches. Maybe I ought to get my rear in gear and get it read~!
        But I am not a man in favor of hardbacks, anymore. I prefer Paperback or Kindle. But one can’t always be fussy and choosy – I’ll take my information where I find it~! 😀
        HUGZ

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  7. Guess when you go to your local Barnes and Noble to pick the book up, as I will be, you’ll have to show ID, and carry it out triple-bagged. Damn sure bet it WILL NOT be prominently displayed. Sec. Gates, beef up your security. You’re going to NEED it. Good post, Pepp.

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    • peppermintfarm said:

      clyde, LOL! Yeah, I’m sure the great progressive Barnes and Noble will have it hidden in some far back corner. Better to buy it online at Amazon.

      I hope Gates has a lot of security too. His life in now very endangered.

      Thanks clyde.

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  8. Another great post, Pepp. Things should get interesting on what comes from this. Praying somehow, one day Obama will have to pay…

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    • peppermintfarm said:

      Donna, I’m praying that God will take care of our fearless King too. Something has got to give here or there are going to be repercussions no one could have imagined.

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  9. Now that books are being released exposing a trickle of information on the REAL Barack Obama, we’re beginning to see real evidence supporting what we’ve thought all along.

    They’re getting better and better and hopefully, after the Gates book releases another torrent of formerly secret information, it’ll become a flood of whistle-blowers who will FINALLY expose the community organizer for what he is: an incompetent, egotistical, traitor who deserves the ultimate punishment for the damage he’s done to this country and its citizens.

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    • peppermintfarm said:

      garnet,

      Yes, it does confirm what we’ve known all along, but whistle blowers? Anyone who criticizes him puts his/her life in danger. I wish a flood of them would come out and speak, but I’m not counting on it. He and his minions seem to get to everyone who has info they leak.

      He does deserve punishment for treason.

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      • I had a massive surgery, a few years back for a cyst. When they got into the area, they ended up finding three, and the surgery took a whale of a lot longer than they thought it would, BUT~! They got the ROOT. I haven’t had a problem since. Cancer, is much the same way – ALL the cells have to be gotten, or it will grow right back again.

        We need to not only get the face of the situation, but “The hidden man behind the curtain”,,, But my question is, who is behind Soros???

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        • peppermintfarm said:

          Grouchy, you are so right that the whole root of the cyst and cancer must be removed. As far as Soros, I wonder first why he is even allowed in this country but I think we know why. I believe the international banking system and the Bilderbergs are behind Soros all for the one world order.

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