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"Stupid", "rude" and "hypocritical": Robert Gates cuts the truth-womb

The book of memoirs of seventy-year-old Robert Gates "Debt" was published. In his memoirs, the former US Secretary of Defense is not shy about expressions and gives vent to feelings. Congress, for example, he criticizes for incompetence and propaganda, senators calls "stupid" and "hypocritical" egoists. Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, in his opinion, are nasty and stupid rude. Vice-President Joe Biden, the ex-minister fiercely hates and considers him to be a “talker”, who alone makes mistakes. The dislike of Gates to the people who run the United States runs like a thread through the entire book.

Greg Jaffe published a review of this book in the Opinions section of the newspaper. Washington Post. As a war correspondent, Jaffe has covered Gates for nearly five years. The journalist and writer reminds readers that not anyone, namely Robert M. Gates, in December 2010 of the year, speaking to soldiers in Afghanistan, showed unusual military feelings.

The soldiers, spattered with mud, were ordered to stop work, and the head of the Pentagon spoke in front of them - with neatly arranged gray hair, in a shirt with a starched collar, in general, he seemed to have flown in from another planet.

“I feel personally responsible for each and every one of you,” Gates said suddenly. - I feel your sacrifices, sufferings and losses more than you imagine. I just want to thank you and tell you how much I love you. ”

It is impossible to imagine that former US defense ministers, the journalist writes, for example, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney or Robert McNamara, have ever told their military that they love them.

However, in the White House, the State Department and the Pentagon, Gates has always held back personal opinion. The uncertainty of his opinion was the source of his power: he attacked opponents at the last moment and mediated the deal, as a rule, on the conditions that were most acceptable to him. Unlike his predecessors, he had a reputation as a man who coolly and ruthlessly makes his subordinates answer for their faults.

R. Gates left Washington in 2011, having a reputation as a calm and sensible member of the foreign policy establishment. He served under eight presidents; they were equally admired by both Republicans and Democrats. However, now that the next time Gates visits the capital, it can be received coolly. “Debt” is the second book of memoirs of the ex-minister, reminds the journalist, and this time he cuts the truth of the womb.

The congress got from the ex-minister for the deadlock of situations and propaganda. Senators Gates listened as “with growing indignation.” These people got the unflattering epithets "hypocritical" and "stupid." Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, according to Gates, are “rude, disgusting and stupid.”

Those who hate Vice President Joe Biden will be delighted with his book description: in Gates' view, the Vice President is a loud talker obsessed with politics. But what is this politician? Gates writes: "I think he was wrong on almost all issues of foreign policy and national security over the past four decades." And what about President Obama? It turns out that it was the vice-president who poisoned Obama’s relationship with his generals: “I think Biden subjected Obama to Chinese water torture every day, saying,“ The military cannot be trusted. ”

Gates expected more from Obama: “I myself, our commanders and our troops expected more commitment and more passion ...” He compares Obama with Bush - and not in favor of the first. Bush, according to Gates, "did not think long about Iraq," including about the invasion.

The anger of the ex-minister at Obama, Congress, and even some of the Pentagon officials seems to have sprung from his conviction that all these people did not correspond to the feeling that Gates himself felt about the mission in Afghanistan. After all, more 3800 soldiers and marines died during Gates in Iraq and Afghanistan. These losses are small compared with the number of deaths in the civil war, World War II or in Vietnam, the journalist said. But Gates was extremely difficult to move. As Minister of Defense, he gave most of his evenings writing letters of condolence to the families of the victims. He asked his staff to find photographs of each soldier and several newspaper clippings from his hometown to make the message more personal.

As for military operations, R. Gates says that he is "indescribably proud" of the efforts of the American military to curb chaos in Iraq, and believes that the American military efforts in Afghanistan are on the road to success.

And a few years ago, in an e-mail to a friend, Gates admitted: “People have no idea how much I can’t tolerate this job” ...

In the blog The Wall Street Journal Dion Nissenbaum announced the top-10 "revelations" of the former US Secretary of Defense.

№1: contempt for Congress. Mr. Gates expresses open contempt for Congress and the legislators. Most of the latter he calls on the pages of the book uncivilized, incompetent in carrying out basic constitutional duties (for example, in matters of appropriations), prone to manipulation, uneducated, hypocritical, selfish, vulnerable, seeking only re-election and putting their interests above the interests of the country.

No.2: contempt for Vice President Biden. He describes Biden as a person who almost always was “not right” in matters of foreign policy and national security. In particular, Gates objects to Biden’s limited strategy in Afghanistan and believes that it will lead to a quick Taliban parade in Kabul.

№3: suspicion in the White House. Gates believes that the White House has too much control, which is why he was not at odds with Obama's inner circle. At one of the meetings in the Oval Office in 2011, Mr. Gates stated that he considered his resignation caused by petty tutelage, which turned into a kind of White House strategy.

No.4: friction with the National Security Council. The interference of the National Security Service into the activities of the field and combatant generals didn’t like Gates. Namely, this intervention has become commonplace with Obama.

#5: White House vs. Pentagon. At one meeting, Mr. Gates challenged Joe Biden and Thomas Donilon, Obama's deputy national security adviser, while they were trying to give him orders on behalf of the president. Gates told them that "none of you are in the chain of command." The Minister of Defense explained that he expects to receive an order directly from the president.

№6: Gates as a peacemaker.According to Gates, “Presidents are faced with difficult policy problems of other countries,” and American foreign policy has become too militarized, the use of force is given to presidents very easily. “For too many people,” Gates writes, “war has become a kind of video game or action movie: without blood, without pain, and without smell.”

№7: the war in Iraq. Mr. Gates believes that the minimal goals of the war have been achieved.

№8: war in Afghanistan. Gates writes: “I think Obama and his advisers were furious because the Department of Defense ... intercepted a political process ...” He also calls Obama indecisive in the Afghan issue.

No.9: Obama's domestic policy. Gates claims to have witnessed a conversation between Obama and Clinton, in which the president admitted that his negative attitude towards the military escalation in Iraq, expressed in 2007, was a political calculation. Mr. Gates called this exchange “remarkable.”

№10: dislike of civil service. Mr. Gates writes bluntly: “I didn’t like to be Minister of Defense.” He constantly had to hide his indignation and contempt.

So, we note in conclusion that an unpleasant picture of what constitutes America’s ruling class, that is, the legislative and executive powers, is open to the Americans and to the whole world. In principle, nothing new and surprising. Stupid, hypocritical, rude and dark egoists, guided by "calculation" and thinking only about how to be "elected" for the next term, are the psychological portrait of the political elite of the United States.

Observed and translated by Oleg Chuvakin
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  1. makarov
    makarov 29 January 2014 09: 09
    “Dumb”, “rude” and “hypocritical”: Robert Gates cuts the truth-womb.

    Yes, he can not in fact expound the truth !! It's just like the executioner to make holy !!!
    1. Mart
      29 January 2014 09: 16
      Quote: makarov
      Yes, he can not in fact expound the truth !! It's just like the executioner to make holy !!!

      Seventy-year pensioner can do anything. Personally, I am impressed by his assessment of the US government and congressmen. Impressed and his approach to the soldiers. It seems to me that Mr. Serdyukov’s approach to the military was fundamentally different.
      1. Sibiryak
        Sibiryak 29 January 2014 09: 31
        Quote: Mart
        A seventy-year-old pensioner can already do anything.

        As a simple citizen - maybe YES, but as a former defense minister I think - probably NO, at this age it is difficult to change the worldview of a person!
        1. Sid.74
          Sid.74 29 January 2014 10: 46
          “I think Biden subjected Obama to Chinese water torture every day, saying:“ The military cannot be trusted. ”

          What are they obviously smoking, their fantasy is plain to say unusual! laughing
          Gates is most likely just offended by the authorities, and thus offensively offended, an officer of this level should not take the rubbish out of the hut, and shout at the whole of Ivanovo as they all rotted in the Danish kingdom!
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      3. Very old
        Very old 29 January 2014 09: 44
        True your Mart

        And where to see the whole book? Many will be interested.
        1. Mart
          29 January 2014 10: 03
          Quote: Very old
          True your Mart

          And where to see the whole book? Many will be interested.

          The Wall Street Journal link will take you to a fragment of the book. Fragment only. In English. lang. Well, here's the link:
          1. Alex 241
            Alex 241 29 January 2014 17: 50
            Here is the whole book in Russian
            1. Mart
              30 January 2014 07: 55
              Quote: Alex 241
              Here is the whole book in Russian

              Not all. This is an excerpt (a couple of chapters).
      4. Vladimirets
        Vladimirets 29 January 2014 10: 54
        Quote: Mart
        It seems to me that Mr. Serdyukov’s approach to the military was fundamentally different.

        Oleg, it seems to me, Serdyukov’s approach was exactly the opposite.
      5. Arberes
        Arberes 29 January 2014 11: 31
        Quote: Mart

        A seventy-year-old pensioner can already do anything.

        Now he has nothing to fear! Ek burst him open, if he had stated all this 15 years ago, it would have been something!

        Dedicated to author Robert Gates!

        How your faces are ephemeral!
        You are so stupid and hypocritical!
        "Brave" Gates exclaimed in the heat!
        Congress crashing at last!

        He swore to soldiers in love!
        It's a shame that he crap
        Retiring long ago!

        All the same, there are decent retired ministers in the States?
        1. Sdriver
          Sdriver 30 March 2015 16: 10
          Old Bob is not accustomed to dissemble
          Gemini and Iran behind
          Truth Obama's Uterus
          Do not be crooked by your brave soul

          He saw many, sniffed a lot.
          And now I decided to retire
          Lost in the Alabama Steppes
          At parting, waving hand ...)))))
      6. alone
        alone 29 January 2014 20: 16
        I would send these words with interest from Gates when he was Minister.))
        1. Apollo
          Apollo 29 January 2014 20: 18
          Quote: lonely
          I would send these words with interest from Gates when he was Minister

          And they would not have heard, then he respected subordination, and now there is none as such.
      7. mirag2
        mirag2 30 January 2014 08: 28
        Yes, yes, to the point, I agree with you.
        Now you can read it. Oh, how interesting!
        What did he write there?
    2. Canep
      Canep 29 January 2014 09: 19
      "Stupid", "rude" and "hypocritical": Robert Gates cuts the truth-womb
      Forward I thought this about us. But it turns out that this is about the US leadership. I am surprised.
    3. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 30 January 2014 01: 28
      Quote: makarov
      “Dumb”, “rude” and “hypocritical”: Robert Gates cuts the truth-womb.

      Yes, he can not in fact expound the truth !! It's just like the executioner to make holy !!!

      lying means. they are smart, polite, honest.
    4. mirag2
      mirag2 30 January 2014 08: 36
      Here you can read this book in Russian:
  2. Same lech
    Same lech 29 January 2014 09: 20
    US politicians are always in the service of the hawks and rabid enemies of RUSSIA - how to retire well, straight the doves of the world - at least give them a NOBEL PRIZE.
  3. Stiletto
    Stiletto 29 January 2014 09: 29
    I understand that it is time for Gates to think about the soul, but it was necessary to cut the truth-uterus earlier, and not in retirement. On the other hand, it is better to die with repentance than to be Gorbachev all his life.
    1. Asgard
      Asgard 29 January 2014 09: 51
      As a Minister, the military is a professional ....
      From the point of view of civilians, they are called "Hawk" and He himself understood the task of the military, only as a War ... from this point of view, He considers Politicians and power ....
      But he remained a Man in personal communication and attitude towards SOLDIERS-like a "father" ....
      Over the years, the Awareness has come that I decided to describe and give estimates, not indisputable (but honest))))

      Not only ... in my opinion)))) MOST AGREED with most of his ratings))))
  4. Name
    Name 29 January 2014 09: 40
    It's time to prepare a residence permit in the Russian Federation for Gates and Kucheren to pull up! repeat
    1. a52333
      a52333 29 January 2014 09: 59
      You look, and the book will be released about D. Medvedev. lol
      1. Sibiryak
        Sibiryak 29 January 2014 10: 04
        Quote: a52333
        You look, and the book will be released about D. Medvedev.

        lol Do not get carried away with fantasy! wink
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      3. Name
        Name 29 January 2014 10: 51
        Yeah, DAM's Twitter notes laughing ... the slogan is difficult for him to perceive, we don’t understand ... belay and cover of course:
  5. ReifA
    ReifA 29 January 2014 09: 41
    And these people want to teach everyone life. Respect Geitsu, could not write such a thing, not make enemies, better late than never.
  6. Dimy4
    Dimy4 29 January 2014 09: 46
    The guy finally decided to break away properly!
  7. Volodya Sibiryak
    Volodya Sibiryak 29 January 2014 09: 48
    Similar in any government all the time, just not many can tell the truth as a former minister.
  8. crest
    crest 29 January 2014 10: 37
    The biggest flaw in democracy is the almost legitimate lie of politicians. A person (although which politician is a person) with an eye on the upcoming elections will say anything, not intending to at all times fulfill those promises and programs that he speaks about. And he lies not to millions but to billions of people and nothing gets away with it.
    Not only is he lying, he does not know what he will do next, leaning under the so-called political moment (the results of the elections in his own country, in allies or opponents), which means he cannot create any strategy or more or less long-term plan, not to mention To bring a strategy or plan to life.
    That's how I understand this book.
  9. delfinN
    delfinN 29 January 2014 10: 39
    Well, to whom and to what he can open his eyes. Jankers? So they do not read books at all. The rest of the world? So, even without these outpourings, he knows what the Empire of Good is. The entire article could be limited to one last paragraph.
  10. sphynx
    sphynx 29 January 2014 10: 41
    And you can read the first chapters in Russian and, I hope, with a continuation here: I apologize for spam, but the book is worth it.
  11. Anubis
    Anubis 29 January 2014 11: 09
    As soon as a politician is kicked out of power in the USA, they break through them to revelations and they begin to cut the truth of the womb with their memoirs laughing This is a regularity wassat
  12. Rinat 1
    Rinat 1 29 January 2014 11: 46
    No one doubted that such politicians. I think it’s not only the US politicians, but all over the world.
  13. Stinger
    Stinger 29 January 2014 14: 17
    This is the third stage of a hangover. It is called a tearful remorse. First - I'll show you! The second is the recognition of official duty.
    1. kind
      kind 29 January 2014 15: 05
      This is the third stage of a hangover.

      This is cirrhosis of the brain in the last stage. The patient will live, but only a fool! But what do you call those who listen to fools ?! fool
  14. Yaroslav
    Yaroslav 29 January 2014 15: 11
    Suddenly. Can our politicians rent an apartment in Moscow for him.
  15. mabuta
    mabuta 29 January 2014 16: 54
    Many in life have three goals in life: career, money and family comfort. And some going to these guiding stars sometimes don’t notice that they leave an evil trace behind them. And when you move on like nowhere else, enlightenment comes. But it's better late than never. Maybe this book will help someone look at their lives more soberly. Especially to American politicians.
  16. coserg 2012
    coserg 2012 29 January 2014 17: 28
    What is the truth there, the mother. It was dark golem. We can see what kind of guys they are without them.
  17. delfinN
    delfinN 29 January 2014 17: 38
    Half of the epithets in M. Zadornov slamzil.
  18. Black
    Black 29 January 2014 17: 58
    The banter of a battered old hawk.

    Serdyukov will also write his memoirs. In which he will thank the presidents, note the sincerity of parliamentarians, sympathize with the general blindness of the general public, proudly recall how sirloin forms of friends seized the initiative ... political ....
  19. shelva
    shelva 29 January 2014 18: 47
    I am impressed by the epithets that he gives to his former "colleagues", he knows what he is talking about - after all, he "worked" for a long time. And he himself is the same - from the same pack.
  20. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 29 January 2014 20: 01
    I hope the book will be translated soon. According to the description - this is the loser's book. Not a loser personally, but a person who has lived a life in power and realizes that he has not succeeded in living with dignity. Not that power that the best of the best in it served the country. A completely different machine, the goals are not the same, the means are not those ... the condom dispenser does not bake bread, just as you don’t support its work.
    But we have nothing to rejoice at. There is absolutely nothing. Alas.