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Robert Gates’ Duty: Too Little, Too Late, and Way Too Long

Written by Gary North on January 9, 2014

Robert Gates served as Secretary of Defense after the resignation of the total failure, Donald Rumsfeld. Bush kept Rumsfeld on until 2006. Bush got Robert Gates to sign on.

That was Gates’ mistake. He signed on for the two-war death watch.

Today, Al Qaeda occupies Fallujah. Yet one-third of America’s 4,500 troops who died in Iraq, died to capture Fallujah. But there is this difference: Al Qaeda had no presence in Iraq when Bush sent troops to invade in 2003. Saddam Hussein had the handful of Al Qaeda members under control.

That is the Rumsfeld-Gates legacy.

Now Gates has written a 600-page book, Duty. It is a self-serving attack on his former bosses. It is self-justifying in this sense: Gates presided over a two-war disaster, but he never quit in order to speak out in protest immediately after he quit.

They never do. Well, not quite never. William Jennings Bryan quit as Secretary of State in 1915, because he saw that Wilson, in the name of neutrality, was pushing the United States into the war in Europe. He refused to become responsible for pursuing such a policy, as his letter of resignation said.

Gates never spoke out when he was in power, either behind closed doors or publicly. He never said what he thought. So, he kept his job.

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.”

That’s what he thought, was it? But what did he do? He presided over the two wars, as he had done for four years.

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7 thoughts on “Robert Gates’ Duty: Too Little, Too Late, and Way Too Long

  1. "And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate YHWH? therefore is wrath upon thee from before YHWH." (2 Chronicles 19:2)

  2. How can one have duty without equity.

  3. Maybe Gates is finally in a 'safe' place. Not everyone is only interested in their paycheck. At least he has spoken out and we hope there is enough evidence here to shake up someone who can do something about what goes on behind closed doors. We need to bring all the troops home and let the illuminati get their paychecks from their banking and oil reservess. There have been several recent brave souls now trying to tell us what is and has been going on in a much higher/broader spectrum than our country. It will take a miracle but God knows all; He just needs to know that enough of His believers are brave, are disgruntled about all that is/has been going on and believe in His everlasting truths and benevelance. Let's save America.

  4. Rumsfeld a total failure?? By what standard was he a total failure? Was McArthur a total failure in Korea? If a Secretary of Defense or a General is removed for whatever reason (oft times political) does that mean they were failures? Sloppy writing here.

  5. The US government is very good at creating terrorists where there were none before. Whenever one nation pre-emptively strikes another nation, causing widespread death and destruction, because the target nation might perhaps some day think about hurting us, then the attacker has guaranteed that the survivors of the pre-emptive strike will grow up hating us and swear vengeance. It's the preamble for a government that wants perpetual war for perpetual peace.

  6. The powers that start wars, should just say let's you and them fight and let them go at it. We cannot be the worlds keeper while we ignore the downfall of our country. I found it rather profound when I read in the paper that Chris Christy's enemies (Democrats) are calling for his impeachment with no proof that he was responsible for that nightmare traffic jam that caused one lady to die as the ambulance would not get to her in time. YET, Obama has created about 6-8 of these Impeachable offenses and only a few rumblings of Impeachment of him, for all of the illegal things he has done in his Presidency. It is about time for us to get a lot louder about getting this man out of the White House and maybe even into the jail house. The only way he should go free is if he leaves the country and is barred from returning. He has been a false President (not qualified, not a citizens, not a patriot, does not even like America, and did an apology tour in his first year of office, bowing to the Middle Eastern Leaders who laughed at him.

    The phones of everyone affiliated with him should be monitored for a long time.

  7. I would think he does feel safer now and by saying it publicly, is protected to some degree from being murdered..