Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is releasing his memoir, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” a 600-page book that offers a stark, insider’s view of Washington, the Pentagon, Congress and America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (You can read an exclusive WSJ excerpt.) Here’s a look at some of the book’s most riveting revelations:
One thing to keep in mind about Gates: He’s a card-carrying member of the permanent Ruling Class in Washington. A popular misconception is that Obama is of that same class. He isn’t. Nor was he their candidate. Hilary Clinton was.
Obama came onto the scene as a bomb-throwing militant who, by virtue of timing, skin color, and a hell of a lot of luck, managed to blow Billary off the board, shocking just about everybody involved, including himself.
He then availed himself of the talents of those members of the Ruling Class amenable, for one reason or another, to working with him. Hillary did it to advance her next inevitable march to the White House. Gates may have stayed on simply because he figured somebody would have to actually be able to rule in Obama’s adminitstation.
None of them counted on the police state thug mentality that permeated the Obama adminstration in the beginning, and still pervades it today. Everything has been wrecked on the shoals of the Chicago Gestapo and its minions of the Security State, who were all too willing to go along with the program, just as, two generations earlier, the same sort of people were willing to kiss J. Edgar Hoover’s snooping, blackmailing ass.
So Gates is taking his revenge on the Half-Ebony Upstart in the approved Ruling Class manner – by writing a book. Obama’s Chicago Way response will probably be to have him run over and killed in a car accident.
UPDATE: The Ruling Class takes care of each other:
According to an early writeup of the book by Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, Gates at times writes reverentially about Clinton, who is expected to decide later this year whether to pursue a presidential bid.
“I found her smart, idealistic but pragmatic, tough-minded, indefatigable, funny, a very valuable colleague, and a superb representative of the United States all over the world,” Gates wrote.
Yeah, I’ll bet. And he’ll like her even better if she wins and gives him a heavyweight Cabinet slot in her administration.