New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) seems to have already crushed the narrative that he is “done for.” Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) let it be known he’s pushing ahead on immigration reform. So, score two for mainstream Republicans. But the real standout this week was former defense secretary Robert Gates.
Despite media harping that he should have waited until President Obama left office (whose side are they on, anyway?), Gates continues to drive home his points about the president’s lack of commitment to the Afghanistan surge and Vice President Joe Biden’s cluelessness. Remarkably, no one has rebutted his revelation that Hillary Clinton acknowledged opposing the surge to try to win (/trick) the base into voting for her in 2008. Gates even took on Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on “Morning Joe” Wednesday morning:
I make the point in the book: When you have somebody like the Senate majority leader come out in the middle of the surge and say ‘this war is lost’ — I thought that was one of the most disgraceful things I’ve heard a politician say. That sends a riveting message to kids who are putting their lives on the line every day, that they’re doing it for nothing, and that was absolutely not the case.”
When Reid accused Gates of simply tying to make money off book sales — a classic non sequitur — Gates fired back that “it’s common practice on the Hill to vote on bills you haven’t read, and it’s perfectly clear Sen. Reid has not read the book.”
For truth telling, for outing politicians who put partisanship above national security and for standing up to Reid, Gates stood head and shoulders above the crowd. We can say, well done, Mr. Gates.