While it is amusing to read that Robert Gates fell asleep during one of Kevin Rudd’s soliloquies on the history of Australia, the publication of his book Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War is a betrayal of his office (the book is scheduled to be published next week, but has been leaked).
I have no truck for Obama, one of the worst Presidents in US history. But Gates agreed to continue as Secretary of Defense under Obama’s administration until 1 July 2011 and had privileged access to the White House in a position of trust.
Unless Obama acted illegally – in which case Gates should have provided evidence to the Police or FBI – he had a duty to preserve the confidence of his discussions, at least until the end of Obama’s administration.
He has queered the pitch for future appointments from across the aisle.
I think he has acted shamefully by having such a book published well before the end of the Obama administration. This was a man who, when details of the raid against bin Laden were leaded in 2011, said that the leakers should
shut the f*** up.
Gates should have heeded his own advice.