National Security: President Obama's former defense secretary paints the commander in chief as an uncertain trumpet in a conflict he called the "right war" — and who lost interest in a war he sent troops to fight and die in.

Robert Gates doesn't call Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the Three Blind Mice or Three Stooges defense and foreign policy, but he might as well have. In his upcoming book, "Duty, Memoirs of a Secretary at War," he makes it clear that under this administration competence, not politics, stopped at the water's edge.

As reported by Bob Woodward in the Washington Post, Obama was no less callous than President Lyndon Johnson was during Vietnam, putting men into harm's way in a war he had no intention of winning.

As Woodward notes, 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.'"

Yet it was candidate Obama who insisted our war in Iraq was the wrong war at the wrong time and that Afghanistan was the right war, the war we should be fighting to defeat al-Qaida, the Taliban and the terrorist threat. Obama opposed a troop surge in Iraq, then supported one in Afghanistan. He ended up abandoning both countries with precipitous withdrawals.



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