Ex Pentagon Chief: Obama’s opposition to Iraq ‘political’

Former Pentagon Chief and a long-time CIA officer Robert Gates has harshly criticised the Obama administration for its approach to foreign policy, claiming the President’s opposition to increasing the number of American troops in Iraq in 2007 was “political.”

In his upcoming book Mr Gates describes an exchange between him, President Obama and the then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton:

Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary...

The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.

– Robert Gates, former Defence Secretary

Long-time Washington Post reporter, Bob Woodward, said the book was "highly emotional, antagonistic portrait of sitting president."

Mr Gates's book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” will be published next week.