"I was put off by the way the president closed the meeting," Gates wrote on page 393, recounting a gathering that included Vice President Biden as well as himself. "To his very closest advisers, he said, 'For the record, and for those of you writing your memoirs, I am not making any decisions about Israel or Iran. Joe, you be my witness.' "
"I was offended by his suspicion that any of us would ever write about such sensitive matters," Gates continued.
Apparently, irony isn't something they teach at the Pentagon.