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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in a book due out later this month, offers a harsh critique of President Barack Obama’s leadership and his commitment to the Afghanistan war.
Through specific examples of meetings and exchanges, Gates offers a catalog of judgments against both President Obama and Vice President Biden, as well as then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
President Obama has issued a statement disagreeing with Secretary Gates' antagonistic assessment; however, overall reaction to this rare depiction from a former Cabinet member is imminent.
NPR Pentagon reporter Tom Bowman joins Here & Now's Robin Young with details.
This segment aired on January 8, 2014.