Robert Gates behaving unethically

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.

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21 Responses to Robert Gates behaving unethically

  1. stackja

    a betrayal of his office (the book is scheduled to be published next week, but has been leaked).

    Edward Snowden again? Or Mark Felt?

  2. Chris M

    Yes, Glenn Beck says exactly the same thing. Any decent person with a conscience would have resigned.

  3. Percy

    I agree, Gates should have kept his mouth shut and his story locked away until at least the end of Obama’s term.

    However, since there is nothing I can do about that, I may as well enjoy the Administration’s squirming.

  4. I am the Walrus, koo koo k'choo

    Gates should have heeded his own advice.

    Gates should have yelled his advice at Rimmer.

  5. JamesK

    Yes, Glenn Beck says exactly the same thing. Any decent person with a conscience would have resigned.

    The book isn’t as yet released and very very few have read it.

    I read Gates’ article in the WSJ and Woodward’s article (who has read the book) in WaPo

    Gates has worked under Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Bush squared.

    The fact the guy has written an account which may help in a small way nobble this dreadful President in his final 3 years is potentially a noble thing.

    But no one knows yet.

    It may more importantly help nobble Clinton or Biden for 2016

    The fact that it’s Gates doing this is itself what is most astonishing.

    I suspect the book will end up lauding Obama overtly whilst implicitly confirming many of the criticisms of his governing style and substance

  6. Paul

    “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.”

    Yes, in CloudCuckooLand this probably would happen.

  7. .

    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.

    Why? Ethically?

    What ethics are involved? Beck is looking with hindsight.

    This is nothing like the leaking of Seal Team Six’s actions etc.

  8. I beg to differ. Obama, utterly corrupt and completely unethical like no other US President has ever been, deserves what he is getting here; and Gates is probably right to leak this in the way he is doing. It may be the most effective way of getting this stuff out before the midterms.

  9. lem

    The more leaking the better IMO.

  10. J.H.

    Gates is just a rat leaving the sinking ship early really.

    Gates was responsible for overseeing some of the worst military spending reductions and wasteful procurements decisions ever. The scrapping of the F-22 production line and the go ahead for the disastrously inadequate F-35….. among many other bad decisions.

    He’s just hoping to save some political skin with a first in best dressed tell all expose’….. Won’t help him though.

  11. Ant

    Obama and his lousy administration deserve no respect and as for ethics, well, their entitled to them as soon as they show some themselves.

  12. Makka

    I can understand your point Steve. However Obama is just so fking bad, so evil and incompetent that leaks and books like this are perhaps necessary just to expose the damage done by these Leftist slime.

  13. Makka

    Apologies…… that should read Samuel.

  14. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Makka at 1:33 am:

    “I can understand your point Steve. However Obama is just so fking bad, so evil and incompetent that leaks and books like this are perhaps necessary just to expose the damage done by these Leftist slime.”

    The US king makers pithed all over ethics when they put this drongo up for election.

    I don’t care what comes forward to destroy the little racist dilettante, or how or when or from whom. He declared war on America and he has invited the dismembering he so richly deserves – it is written.

    Ethics in Washington? That bus left town decades ago.

  15. Bruce

    Sorry I don’t agree with this one Samuel.

    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.

    News yesterday is that the FBI’s mission is no longer law enforcement, it is “national security”. The head of the FBI has failed to enforce law, declined to act to investigate wrongdoing and may have committed crime as well (remember Fast & Furious?).

    He has queered the pitch for future appointments from across the aisle.

    Obama does not appoint anyone from across the aisle, with support of the Democratic Party. Therefore until the Democrats reverse their partisan policy the Republicans should turf out every Demcratic hack they can get their mitts on and also have them anal probed for wrongdoing in office. The Democrats must be taught to behave in a civilised manner, until they do they should be scarified as painfully as possible.

    “Who will watch the watchers” is no theoretical question. The MSM won’t since they are politicised. The police won’t, not when Obama can make their lives infinitely painful using the FBI, IRS and DHS. FBI is captured by the administration. All that is left is doing what Gates is doing: using last remaining free press.

  16. Token

    Why? Ethically?

    What ethics are involved? Beck is looking with hindsight.

    This is nothing like the leaking of Seal Team Six’s actions etc.

    Yes, that Pakistani doctor is still in detention. It has been noted in the relevant Senate committee that the Obama admin leaked the story on how the Isreali used computer viruses to sabotage the Irani nuclear reactor which resulted in people dying?

    All up, you sound young and naive Samuel. Too used to working with people who honour conventions. The man know what happened to Petreus and other generals and is smart to get his story out first.

    Gates is merely being rationale, protecting his legacy against a nasty, nasty bunch. FFS, Obama & co are spinning the story at the moment that its all Biden’s fault.

  17. Bruce

    Here is Obama and his people making a bipartisan appointment (/sarc):

    Shock News!!!!! Obama Donor IRS Employee Picked To Head IRS Scandal Investigation!!!

    So the lady appointed to investigate IRS targeting of Republicans is an IRS attorney and a large donor to Obama.

    I wonder what she will find in her investigation?

  18. Ant

    Bet you to that one, Bruce.

    And, Token, thanks for mentioning Dr. Shakil Afridi. It is truly scandalous that the Obama administration has apparently done next to nothing to get this man freed. Still, they had Hilary heading the State Dept. so she was too busy cocking up every other shithole corner of the world and didn’t have time for Pakistan, I guess.

  19. Oh come on

    I agree with Samuel J’s sentiment, but were it a Democrat appointed by a Republican Pres, they would have made sure the book came out BEFORE the incumbent’s first term came to an end.

    Sauce for the goose, I say.

    In the current climate, I’m not sure it’s a good idea to appoint people from across the aisle to senior positions, anyhow.

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