Tags: gates | memoir | hijacked | defending

Gates Says His Book 'Hijacked' for Political Purposes

Image: Gates Says His Book 'Hijacked' for Political Purposes

Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 07:47 AM

By Elliot Jager

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is defending his new memoir "Duty" in a series of interviews, saying the  book has been "hijacked" by elements from across "the political spectrum to serve their own purposes."

But Gates stuck to his claim that Obama White House officials sought to micromanage too much, telling Yahoo News Global Monday in response to White House criticism, that "they should go look in the mirror. Maybe they ought to think about how they do business."

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

In every White House the president sets the atmosphere, Gates added in the Yahoo interview with Katie Couric. "At the end of the day, the president controls what goes on inside the White House. The environment and the style of the White House is established by the president."

In an another interview with The Washington Post published Sunday, Gates also said that he had not vilified anyone with his writing.

"There are no evil people in this book," he told the Post. "There are no villains. And certainly not the two presidents [Barack Obama and George W. Bush] . . . And I think if people read the whole book, as opposed to cherry-picking sentences, then I think it's pretty hard to say that I vilify anybody."

"People will use different parts of the book for their own purposes, and that's just inevitable no matter what you write," he said.

Gates also told the Post that he "detested" the 24/7 political conflict inside the Beltway, especially while wars were being waged in Iraq and Afghanistan. He acknowledged as well that the position of overseeing the nation's military and its war operations took its toll on him personally, although he described the job in one interview as the "greatest honor" of his life.

"The hospitals, the funerals, the condolence letters. Seeing the kids on the front lines. Anybody who is a secretary of defense during war and says they're enjoying the job, that's the person to whom I'd say, 'You better step down!' " he told the Post.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

AG Nominee Gets 2 GOP Endorsements After Witnesses Attack DOJ

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 23:33 PM

Two Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Loretta Lynch's nomination as attorney general, but not befor . . .

US-Led Airstrikes Slam ISIS Targets in Syria and Iraq

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 22:20 PM

The United States and coalition partners launched six airstrikes against Islamic State (ISIS) targets in Syria and 12 mo . . .

Rep. Peter King: 9/11 Lesson Is Ex-Gitmo Detainees Threat to US

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 21:53 PM

Rep. Peter King says President Barack Obama should remember the lessons of 9/11 and stop releasing detainees from the mi . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved