White House rejects Gates criticisms

White House rejects Gates criticisms

The White House immediately rebuffed a searing critique of its Afghanistan war policies Tuesday from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

In his forthcoming memoir Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Gates writes that President Obama doubted his own policies in Afghanistan would succeed.

He also argues that Vice President Biden was wrong on “nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

The White House rejected the criticism of Biden, while arguing Obama appreciated different views from his national security team.

“Deliberations over our policy on Afghanistan have been widely reported on over the years, and it is well known that the president has been committed to achieving the mission of disrupting, dismantling and defeating al Qaeda, while also ensuring that we have a clear plan for winding down the war, which will end this year,” National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

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