Gates Stands By Statement That Biden Has Been Wrong On Nearly Every Major Foreign Policy Question

Gates Stands By Statement That Biden Has Been Wrong On Nearly Every Major Foreign Policy Question By Tim Hains for Real Clear Politics

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Robert Gates, who served as defense secretary for the Obama administration, paused for a moment and said “I don’t know” in an interview Sunday when asked if he thinks former VP Joe Biden would be a good president.

CBS’s “Face The Nation” host Margaret Brennan asked Gates if he stood by a statement from his memoir that Biden has “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

“I think I stand by that statement,” Gates said.

MARGARET BRENNAN: I was rereading your memoir before we sat down to talk and you said in your memoir, Joe Biden is impossible not to like.

Quote: “He’s a man of integrity, incapable of hiding what he really thinks, and one of those rare people you know you could turn to for help in a personal crisis. Still, I think he’s been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

Would he be an effective commander-in-chief?

ROBERT GATES: I– I don’t know. I don’t know. I– I think I stand by that statement. He and I agreed on some key issues in the Obama administration. We disagreed significantly on Afghanistan and some other issues. I think that the vice president had some issues with the military. So how he would get along with the senior military, and what that relationship would be, I just– I think, it– it would depend on the personalities at the time.

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