Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Gates Flip-Flop

In true Washington D.C. political flip/flop style former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, after a scathing he gave Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in his book titled "Duty" has now backtracked a bit and told "CBS Morning Sunday" that he believes either person (Biden or Clinton) would make a fine president if elected.

When asked by the commentator if Biden would be a good Democratic Party choice for the 2016 presidential bid Gates conceded, "I suppose to be even-handed I would have to say I suppose he would." This is a huge 180 degree turn from the comments in his book in which he wrote that when it came to foreign policy Joe Biden (both as a career Senator and now Vice President) has been "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." Those were some very strong accusations from the former secretary and warranted an immediate response from the White House when they were made public.

However, now it seems Mr. Gates, who has served under seven Presidents as far back as Richard Nixon, is stepping back on the rhetoric against the Vice President, as well as Mrs. Clinton. When asked further about the former Senator and Secretary of State's ability to govern in the center seat at the White House Gates said he believed that she too would do well in that lofty position.

My suggestion to Mr. Gates is: Makeup your mind Bobby.

Of course, this simply could be his way of covertly letting everyone know that the President of the United States isn't really boss-hog and has become a mere figurehead, a face for the camera in public, and not the real showrunner of American policy and authority. That real power is more likely behind the throne and wielded by a bunch of faceless corporate and political kingmakers and breakers.

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