Where the war on terror is concerned, whether in Iraq or Afghanistan, while still a Senator, Barack Obama made his political intentions known. He felt his mission was to end the war. Not to win it. As a matter of fact, in the heat of the 2008 presidential campaign, the Iraqi people backed McCain for the very same reason.
For the Obama administration and the Left to show outrage over what Gates had said, and even that he said it at all, shows you how they don’t like being shown for what they are. Sucks to be them. The best they can do is make lemonade from the lemons by saying how good it is that Obama questioned the generals. Sure, let’s pick a community organizer to fight the war on terror instead of the generals doing the fighting.
Gates saw it differently . . .
“It’s one thing to tell the troops that you support them. It’s another to work at making them believe that you believe as president that their sacrifice is worth it, that the cause is just, that what they are doing was important for the country, and that they must succeed,” Gates told CBS.
“President Bush did that with the troops when I was secretary. I did not see President Obama do that. As I write in the book, it was this absence of passion, this absence of a conviction of the importance of success, that disturbed me.”
I have a problem with Gates’ actions for a different reason. He should have come out and said what he said in his book was happening, AT THE TIME it was happening. And if that meant resigning, then he should have done that, in a most public way. Beginning with, “Today I have submitted my resignation as Secretary of Defense to President Obama, for the following reasons . . . ” And let the chips fall where they may. I say this because I believe his fidelity to the constitution and the Americans under his command, comes before his loyalty to his boss. You’re mileage may vary.