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January 7th, 2014
05:24 PM ET

Et tu Bob? Fmr. Defense Secretary slams Obama on Afghanistan in new memoir

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's decision to keep Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense was regarded as an olive branch to Republicans worried about the then-new commander-in-chief's distinct lack of military credentials.

The Bush administration holdover served two years under Obama, helping maintain some continuity as the President took over stewardship of two wars.

But now, the former Defense Department chief is criticizing Obama's handling of the Afghanistan conflict. The New York Times and The Washington Post got a hold of Gates' new book "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War."

In it, the former defense secretary describes Obama as desperate to abandon the war effort, writing: "The president doesn't trust his commander, can't stand Karzai, doesn't believe in his own strategy and doesn't consider the war to be his. For him, it's all about getting out."

Is criticism from Gates about selling books, settling scores, or both? Foreign Policy Magazine's David Rothkopf, and vice president of foreign and defense policy for the American Enterprise Institute's Danielle Pletka joins "The Lead" to discuss.

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