Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham said she doesn't have a lot of empathy for former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, saying he knew what he was getting into when he started working for President Barack Obama.
"I would imagine that someone as sophisticated as Gates, who's worked for as many presidents as he's worked for over the last 30 years, that he had a pretty good understanding of what he was getting into with Barack Obama," Ingraham told "Fox & Friends" Tuesday.
Gates memoir, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War," set for release Tuesday, offers specifics of his experience working with former President George W. Bush and President Obama.
Gates claimed to be frequently "seething" with some policy decisions while working with the Obama White House. In the book, he both praised President Obama, calling him a "man of personal integrity," and criticized the president, claiming he lost faith in his policy on the war in Afghanistan.
"Anyone who thought Barack Obama in 2007 or '8 was going to be really serious about foreign policy, wasn't really paying a lot of attention to Barack Obama's past speeches, his associations, his worldview, and his ideas," she said.
Ingraham said she wasn't "surprised one bit" about Gates' claims about the president's ambivalence on war policy. She maintained, as part of the cabinet, Gates was part of the administration that led the United States to falter in foreign policy.
"In the end, I think we can all conclude that America is probably a lot weaker on the foreign policy stage than she was in 2008, even though we were in some hot water in 2008," Ingraham said.
Given the revelations in Gates' book, Ingraham said it "would have been nice" to have some of the information about President Obama prior to the 2012 presidential election. She said she would have had more excitement about the book "if we had had some of these nuggets" at that time about what was taking place at the White House.
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