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SarasotaRepub
01-08-2014, 10:07 AM
By Bob Woodward (http://www.conservativeunderground.com/bob-woodward/2013/09/06/e70a41ea-1736-11e3-a2ec-b47e45e6f8ef_page.html), Published: January 7

In a new memoir, former defense secretary Robert Gates unleashes harsh
judgments about President Obama’s leadership and his commitment to the
Afghanistan war, writing that by early 2010 he had concluded the president
“doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his.
For him, it’s all about getting out.”

Leveling one of the more serious charges that a defense secretary could make
against a commander in chief sending forces into combat, Gates asserts that
Obama had more than doubts about the course he had charted in Afghanistan. The
president was “skeptical if not outright convinced it would fail,” Gates writes
in “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307959473?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0307959473&linkCode=xm2&tag=thewaspos09-20)”

Obama, after months of contentious discussion with Gates and other top
advisers, deployed 30,000 more troops in a final push to stabilize Afghanistan
before a phased withdrawal beginning in mid-2011. “I never doubted Obama’s
support for the troops, only his support for their mission,” Gates writes.

As a candidate, Obama had made plain his opposition to the 2003 Iraq invasion
while embracing the Afghanistan war as a necessary response to the 2001
terrorist attacks on the United States, requiring even more military resources
to succeed. In Gates’s highly emotional account, Obama remains uncomfortable
with the inherited wars and distrustful of the military that is providing him
options. Their different worldviews produced a rift that, at least for Gates,
became personally wounding and impossible to repair.




LINK (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/robert-gates-former-defense-secretary-offers-harsh-critique-of-obamas-leadership-in-duty/2014/01/07/6a6915b2-77cb-11e3-b1c5-739e63e9c9a7_print.html)

Arroyo_Doble
01-08-2014, 11:44 AM
You should read what he says about Congress.

Rockntractor
01-08-2014, 11:54 AM
You should read what he says about Congress.

You should read what we have said about congress.

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Arroyo_Doble
01-08-2014, 12:12 PM
You should read what we have said about congress.

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Yea. They are not parochial and partisan enough. That was not his criticism.

Rockntractor
01-08-2014, 12:14 PM
Yea. They are not parochial and partisan enough. That was not his criticism.
Partisan means liberal, compromise means bend toward socialism.

Arroyo_Doble
01-08-2014, 12:19 PM
Partisan means liberal, compromise means bend toward socialism.

Like I said ...


I continue to worry about the incessant scorched-earth battling between Congress and the president (which I saw under both Bush and Obama) but even more about the weakening of the moderate center in Congress. Today, moderation is equated with lacking principles and compromise with "selling out." Our political system has rarely been so polarized and unable to execute even the basic functions of government.



~ The Link (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304617404579306851526222552)

Rockntractor
01-08-2014, 12:27 PM
Like I said ...

I continue to worry about the incessant scorched-earth battling between Congress and the president (which I saw under both Bush and Obama) but even more about the weakening of the moderate center in Congress. Today, moderation is equated with lacking principles and compromise with "selling out." Our political system has rarely been so polarized and unable to execute even the basic functions of government.



~ The Link (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304617404579306851526222552)
The government was deliberately set up in a way that one branch would have to sometimes fight the other branch, the forefathers apparently saw the potential for loss of liberty the left could inflict. It was supposed to require much debate to pass controversial laws, it is obvious the trouble that ensues when things are pushed through with the other side silenced like in Obama's destruction of health care. You people could not efficiently run a snow cone stand let alone our health care system.