Robert Gates's "Duty"

  • Aired:  01/09/14
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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates pens a memoir that harshly questions Obama's commitment to the war in Afghanistan. (3:28)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY, FOLKS, I GOT TO

TELL YOU, TRUTH BE TOLD, THETHING THAT REALLY HAMMERS MY

BANANA ABOUT THIS WHOLECHRISTIE FLAP IS THAT IT'S

ALL JUST A DISTRACTION FROMTHE REAL SCANDAL THAT BARACK

OBAMA IS A FAILURE.

THE FACTS DON'T LIE.

AND NOW AT LONG LAST THOSEFACTS ARE BACKED UP BY SOME

INFORMATION.

IT'S ALL INFORMER DEFENSESECRETARY ROBERT GATES NEW

MEMOIR.

>> THE BOOK IS CALLEDCOMPUTEY.

>> DOUBTY.

>> EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUTDUTY.

>> Stephen: YES, DUTY IS ONEVERYONE'S LIPS.

AND THE BOOK ISN'T EVEN OUTYET.

NEXT WEEK IS WHEN THEDOESN'TY DROPS BUT A LITTLE

BIT OF DUTY HAS ALREADYLEAKED OUT AND FOR SUCH A

SMALL PIECE OF DOUBTY IT'SRAISING QUITE A STINK.

(LAUGHTER)(APPLAUSE)

JIM.

>> THE FORMER DEFENSESECRETARY HAS SCATHING

CRITICISM OF THE COMMANDERIN CHIEF.

ROBERT GATES IS HARSHLYQUESTIONING PRESIDENT

OBAMA'S LEADERSHIP ANDCOMMITMENT TO THE

AFGHANISTAN WAR FROM THESTART OF THE SURGE HE

ORDERED.

>> THE FORMER DEFENSESECRETARY DESCRIBES

PRESIDENT OBAMA AS DESPERATETO ABANDON THE WAR EFFORT

WRITING, QUOTE, THEPRESIDENT DOESN'T TRUST HIS

COMMANDER.

CAN'T STAND KARZAI, DOESN'TBELIEVE IN HIS OWN STRATEGY

AND DOESN'T CONSIDER THE WARTO BE HIS.

FOR HIM IT'S ALL ABOUTGETTING OUT.

>> Stephen: DOESN'T CONSIDERTHE WAR TO BE HIS, OH.

PRESIDENT BUSH'S HOUSE, HISPLANE, HIS HELICOPTER, HAPPY

TO TAKE THOSE.

BUT HE WANTED TO THROW AWAYBUSH'S WAR THE SAME WAY HE

TOSSED OUT HIS OVAL OFFICEHAMBURGER PHONE.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: HOW HE LOVED

TELLING WORLD LEADERS HE WASJUST CALLING TO KETCHUP.

FOLKS, THIS DUTY IS SOEXPLOSIVE, BUT THIS ISN'T

SOME HIT JOB.

>> THROUGH THE BOOK WILL AREPOSITIVE REFERENCES TO OBAMA,

BALANCED BY A SERIOUSCRITICISM.

AND THE POSITIVE REFERENCESGIVE THE CRITICISMS, I THINK,

EVEN MORE OOMPH.

>> Stephen: EVEN MORE OOMPHAND THAT IS SOME INCISIVE

ANALYSIS FROM RUSH WHICH ISSURPRISING BECAUSE THE

MACHINE'S GOT [BLEEP] FORBRAINS.

AND REMEMBER, REMEMBER,REMEMBER FOLKS, PLEASE,

REMEMBER THAT CRITICISM GOTOOMPH BECAUSE I SAID

SOMETHING POSITIVE ABOUTLIMB FIRST.

AND IT ONLY GETS WORSE.

SECRETARY GATES RIGHTS THATHE CAME TO THE PRESIDENT'S

AFGHANISTAN STRATEGY IBELIEVE OBAMA WAS RIGHT IN

HIS DECISIONS BUT I MYSELF,OUR COMMANDERS AND OUR

TROOPS HAD EXPECTED MORECOMMITMENT TO THE CAUSE AND

MORE PASSION FOR IT FROMHIM.

YES, OBAMA MADE THE RIGHTDECISIONS BUT HE FAKED HIS

WAR-GASM.

SECRETARY GATES, SECRETARYGATES MUCH PREFERRED

PRESIDENT BUSH WHO HAD NOSECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT IRAQ

INCLUDING OUR DECISION TOINVADE.

NO SECOND THOUGHTS.

I'M PRETTY SURE HE DIDN'THAVE FIRST THOUGHTS.

(LAUGHTER)THAT'S CALLED LEADERSHIP.

BOTTOM LINE.

(APPLAUSE)BOTTOM LINE, THIS BOOK IS A

SCATHING PORTRAIT OF OURSO-CALLED COMMANDER IN

CHIEF.

A PRESIDENT WHO OPPOSES OURINVOLVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN.

AND THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TODESCRIBE PEOPLE WITH THAT

ATTITUDE.

82% OF AMERICANS WE'LL BERIGHT BACK.

CHOOERS PLAUS

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