Outsourced to David Weigel: Duty: The funniest part of Robert Gates' very serious new memoir:
So: It's the fall of 2010, and Gates is meeting with the president and top brass.... The subject: how to be ready if a conflict between Iran and Israel ignites. Gates... advises the president to deploy a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf soon, just in case. The meeting ends.
I was put off by the way the president closed the meeting. 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.
Yes, what would give the president that idea?