Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and one of the most respected public servants, published a piece in the Wall Street Journal today ahead of his book release “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War” that, among other things, calls out Congress for their hypocrisy. We have even more respect for Secretary Gates now.
“I was more or less continuously outraged by the parochial self-interest of all but a very few members of Congress. Any defense facility or contract in their district or state, no matter how superfluous or wasteful, was sacrosanct. I was constantly amazed and infuriated at the hypocrisy of those who most stridently attacked the Defense Department as inefficient and wasteful but fought tooth and nail to prevent any reduction in defense activities in their home state or district.”
The National Security Council issued a statement late Tuesday asserting that Obama relies on Biden’s “good counsel” every day and considers him “one of the leading statesmen of his time.” Not only that, the White House issued a highly unusual invitation for news organization representatives to photograph Obama and Biden sitting together Wednesday at their weekly private luncheon. It was another sign that the president was not putting any distance between himself and Biden.