Seeking to curb fallout, Obama aides push back on Gates book critical of Obama, Biden

  • Article by: JOSH LEDERMAN , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 8, 2014 - 5:11 PM

WASHINGTON — Rushing to curb political fallout, the White House pushed back Wednesday against harsh criticism in a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates that questions President Barack Obama's war leadership and rips into Vice President Joe Biden.

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WaterBunkerJan. 7, 14 6:42 PM

What does Obama stand for? It is like make believe governing. I do not believe it, but understand how some conclude he really does not like America. Bit why does he do what he does?

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bgronniJan. 7, 14 8:43 PM

Gates book reveals a lot more than the strib is printing. And no doubt this is the end of any other articles about this book. this president is over his head, not into governing but into campaigning. Doing it now with the income disparity and unemployment insurance. Divide, divide the country. Us vs. them always.

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regionguyJan. 7, 14 8:56 PM

Well, Mr Gates, I have been more than a little frustrated with our presence/mission over there, too.

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mvidmarJan. 7, 14 9:25 PM

Its too bad the members of the military have to work for a president that does not respect what they do and does not believe in what they stand for.

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mn2niceJan. 7, 1411:05 PM

It is interesting to see that it took someone like President Obama to realize we had to get out of Afghanistan before we learned the same lessons the Russians did in the 1980's. Gates so much as saying so seems to validate that feeling. Countries with a tribal society will always be at war either with each other or with others. It might be best for the rest of the world to just cut them loose and let them self destruct. That may not be a popular view, but there you are.

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tituspulloJan. 8, 14 6:39 AM

Everyone but Bush knew that Afghanistan was a unwinnable war... as stated above, Russia found that out in the 80's just like other empires found out centuries ago. We're finding out the same thing about Iraq right now. Starting these two wars was the biggest blunder of the Bush administration and has cost this country thousands of lives and trillions of dollars.

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mariannebJan. 8, 14 6:55 AM

Who hasn't grown frustrated over the whole mess which started in Iraq and continued to Afghanistan? It all goes back to errors in assumptions after 9/11.

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circleoflifeJan. 8, 14 7:16 AM

Putting the words Biden and Expertise in the same sentence gave me a chuckle this morning

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youcankeepitJan. 8, 14 7:18 AM

“We know the heavy wages of war,” Obama said. “You are not only one of the longest-serving secretaries of defense in American history, but it is also clear you’ve been one of the best.”

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redeye12Jan. 8, 14 7:21 AM

White House defends Biden. Good one. Joe is a walking disaster. There's a good chance his foot goes in his mouth every time he speaks. He's a liar and a plagiarizer. I'm not saying everything Gates wrote is true, but if we are to judge who is most likely telling the truth between Gates and Biden, the obvious choice is Gates.

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