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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates Blasts Obama, Biden in New Memoir

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Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates conducted a joint press conference with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv in March, 2011. Photo: wiki commons.

Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — President Obama became progressively more pessimistic about prospects for a successful ending to the war in Afghanistan, goaded by inexperienced White House advisors and a dislike of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, according to his former Defense secretary, Robert M. Gates.

In a forthcoming memoir that mixes strong praise with scathing criticism for Obama and his administration, Gates says Obama doubted his own policy after he decided to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan early in his first term. The president became “skeptical if not outright convinced it would fail,” a stance that Gates says led him to consider resigning in September 2009.

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