President Obama would have saved himself a great deal of aggravation if he had consulted with former Secretaries of State George Shultz and James Baker, whose memoirs record their difficulties with the efforts of Gates to weaken their policies and their diplomacy.
Shultz charged Gates with "manipulating" him, and reminded Gates that his CIA was "usually wrong" about Moscow. Gates was wrong about the biggest intelligence issues of the Cold War and he made sure that the CIA was wrong as well.
I can hardly wait for Amazon to deliver my copy of the memoir.[For more on Gates's curious history, see Consortiumnews.com's "Robert Gates Double-Crosses Obama."]
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