On “Duty,” by Robert Gates (forgot to post a couple of years ago)
October 22, 2016
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I badly want this Gates book to end. You loved the troops, got it. You hate politics, got it. You’re a fantastic leader of big complex organizations and, ironically, a tremendous political and bureaucratic fighter, got it. You’re old, like fatty foods and booze, and are breaking down physically, got it. You’re forgiving towards people you like and will make excuses for them (i.e. you’re human), got it.
That said, it is full of sharp insights, good if tendentious critiques of the decision-making process and strategy, and a useful look at the Afghan policymaking decision-making process where Biden, who according to him, was wrong on everything (but, let it be said, Biden was right on this).