While many on the right are heralding former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ new book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” as confirmation of what they have been asserting about the Obama administration for years, Glenn Beck wasn’t interested in what Gates had to say.
As Beck sees it, if Gates truly had a problem with the actions of the administration, he should have tendered his resignation and told the American people what was happening at the time, rather than act as a “shield” and write a tell-all book later.
Among the topics discussed in the book, Gates said both President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted that their opposition to the surge in Iraq was politically motivated.
“Can you imagine what this guy could have done if he was in front of a congressional hearing?” Beck asked. “…He could have gone up to Capitol Hill and (said), ‘Let me tell you why I’m going to resign … I want the American people to know, and I want Congress to know, exactly what I have found and what’s going on.’”
“Do you know how this man could have changed the world?” Beck continued. “And then, Mr. Gates, maybe I would go out and buy your book. Maybe then I would actually stand in line and have you autograph your book.”
Beck went so far as to ask whether we can trust Gates or members of Congress, knowing what we do about the NSA’s domestic surveillance capabilities.
“The world is looking for heroes,” the multimedia personality concluded. “Somebody who has the balls to say, ‘You know what? To hell with it all…Something else is bigger than me. Something else is bigger than my bank account. Something else is bigger than my fame … bigger than even my family.’”
“I’m sorry, Mr. Gates, I don’t have time to purchase or read your book – but thanks for the tip that we can’t trust this administration,” Beck said sarcastically. “That comes as a total surprise.”
Related: Want more reaction? Gates’ new book taking aim at the White House has already elicited passionate responses. But does the book tell us anything we didn’t already know? Watch the discussion from the Real News panel on TheBlaze TV.
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