Robert Gates Conceals Real Story of “Gaming” Obama on Afghan War by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
January 10, 2014

Criticism in the memoirs of former secretary of defence Robert M. Gates of President Barack Obama’s lack of commitment to the Afghan War strategy of his administration has generated a Washington debate about whether Obama was sufficiently supportive of the war.

But the Gates account omits two crucial historical facts necessary to understanding the issue. The first is that Obama agreed to the escalation only under strong pressure from his top national security officials and with very explicit reservations. Continue reading