Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has written a memoir about his years in the Pentagon that will reveal his “political war with Congress” and battles among the White House staff.
Gates served at the Pentagon under former President George W. Bush and President Obama and during the country’s controversial involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War” will be published by Knopf publishing in January 2014. The book cover can be seen here.
Gates served as the Pentagon’s top chief during the final years of the Bush administration, replacing Donald Rumsfeld. He stayed in the job after the 2008 election to be Obama’s first defense secretary.
Under his tenure, he directed the surge in troops in Iraq and then the subsequent drawdown. He also oversaw the brief surge in troops in Afghanistan, was in the White House situation room when Osama bin Laden was killed, and prepared the military for the repeal of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell.”
The book will be about the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan but will also be about “my political war with Congress,” Gates writes in his introduction to the memoir.
“This is a book about my more than four and a half years at war,” he writes.
“This book is also about my political war with Congress each day I was in office and the dramatic contrast between my public respect, bipartisanship, and calm, and my private frustration, disgust, and anger. There were also political wars with the White House, often with the White House staff, and occasionally with the presidents themselves.”. . .