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Biden: ‘Gates has been wrong about everything’
« on: July 21, 2014, 10:38:34 AM »

July 21, 2014, 08:23 am
Biden: ‘Gates has been wrong about everything’

By Justin Sink

Vice President Biden retuned fire at Robert Gates in a New Yorker profile on Monday, criticizing the former Obama Defense secretary as having been “wrong about everything” through his career.

“Bob Gates has been wrong about everything!” Biden said. “Bob Gates is wrong about the advice he gave President Reagan about how to deal with Gorbachev! That he wasn’t real. Thank God the President didn’t listen to him.”

The vice president went on to say Gates had erred in his assessment of the Balkans and the Vietnam War, “for Christ’s sake.”

“You go back, and everything in the last forty years, there’s nothing that I can think of, major fundamental decisions relative to foreign policy, that I can think he’s been right about,” Biden concluded.

“I can hardly wait—either in a Presidential campaign or when I’m out of here—to debate Bob Gates,” Biden said. “Oh, Jesus.”

The comments came as a direct rebuke to comments Gates made both in his memoir and during the subsequent book tour, when he memorably hit Biden as "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."

“The vice president, when he was a senator — a very new senator — voted against the aid package for South Vietnam, and that was part of the deal when we pulled out of South Vietnam to try and help them survive,” Gates told NPR.

“He said that when the shah fell in Iran in 1979 that that was a step forward for progress toward human rights in Iran,” Gates continued. “He opposed virtually every element of President Reagan's defense build-up. He voted against the B-1, the B-2, the MX and so on. He voted against the first Gulf War. So on a number of these major issues, I just frankly, over a long period of time, felt that he had been wrong.”

Biden said Gates made the comments because he was “upset” the vice president had “questioned the military.”

“Well, I believe now, believed then, that Washington and Jefferson were all right: war is too important to be left to generals,” Biden said. “It is not their judgment to make! Theirs is to execute. So I think you’ve seen a President who is loyal and supportive of the military but realizes he’s the Commander-in-Chief.”

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Re: Biden: ‘Gates has been wrong about everything’
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2014, 10:45:26 AM »
Perhaps some of Joe's plugs went too deep.
For the progressive, there is very little to love about the United States. Washington, Jefferson, Madison? A bunch of rotten slaveholders, hypocrites, and cowards even when their hearts were in the right places. The Declaration of Independence? A manifesto for the propertied classes. The Constitution? An artifact of sexism and white supremacy. The sacrifices in the great wars of the 20th century? Feeding the poor and the disenfranchised into the meat-grinder of imperialism. The gifts of Carnegie, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Morgan, Astor? Blood money from self-aggrandizing robber barons. Nat Rev

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