My problem with Robert Gates however, is that he stayed with Obama, instead of resigning forthwith and stating the reasons of his resignation was due to Obama’s lack of conviction. Opportunity lost.
H/T: Dennis Mitzner
FMR SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT GATES: It’s one thing to tell the troops that you support them. It’s another to work at making them believe that you believe as president that their sacrifice is worth it, that the cause is just, that what they are doing was important for the country, and that they must succeed. President Bush did that with the troops when I was Secretary. I did not see President Obama do that. As I write in the book, it was this absence of passion, this absence of a conviction of the importance of success that disturbed me. (CBS Sunday Morning, January 12, 2014)