Gareth Porter and Robert Parry, two of our finest investigating reporter/historians deserve kudos for placing the self-serving nature of the Gates' memoir in a proper perspective.
Readers should bear in mind that the soap-opera-like gaming of Obama into acquiescing to the fatally flawed plan for a surge in Afghanistan surge in 2009, described accurately by Porter and Parry below, was clearly obvious well before Obama made his decision to cave into the pressure exerted by Gates, Clinton, and the Generals and their neo-con allies in Congress. To be sure, Obama was also feebly playing the game by leaking differences of opinion to the press — but his was an amateurish operation by an inexperienced malleable politician and his piss-ant staffers. Those on the other side were pros in manipulating the wholly owned subsidiaries in the press. Predictably, as explained below, the brass hats won in 2009, notwithstanding a well publicized last ditch effort to stop the madness executed by Ambassador (and former General) Karl Eikenberry.
Now, with the publication of his memoir, Gates is attempting to administer the coup d' grace on the dawn of a mid-term election — which is shaping to be a bad one for a hapless President and the Democrats … and this is just an opening shot. Benjamin Netanyahu, with the help of many Democrats as well as Republicans, has another exceeding dangerous caper waiting in the wings (more on that later).
Herewith are Porter's report (Attachment 1 – Gates Conceal Real Story of ‘Gaming' Obama on Afghan War) and Parry's report (Attachment 2 – Robert Gates Double-Crosses Obama):
Gates Conceals Real Story of ‘Gaming’ Obama on Afghan War
Phi Beta Iot: Bearing in mind that this is the chicken-hawks screwing over the chicken-shits, one has to keep in mind the larger question. Why is the US Government so lacking in intelligence with integrity that it cannot make sound decisions that stand the test of time and public scrutiny?