A Nation At War: Memoir Recounts Harry Reid’s Request For Defense Money To Fund Irritable Bowel Study
January 16, 2014 by Sam Rolley
Former defense secretary Robert Gates offers heavy criticism of Washington elites including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Congress and many other people involved with national politics in his tell all book Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.
While some of his former colleagues have refrained from commenting on Gates’ book— which is either brutally honest, a moneymaking ploy, an attempt at setting the record straight, or a combination thereof— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been very vocal about his displeasure with the work.
“He denigrates everybody, everyone – [former] secretary [of state Hillary] Clinton, the President, Joe Biden, me,” Reid told The Associated Press.
Recounting a discussion he and Biden had about the book, Reid went on, “We just lamented how disappointed we were. It’s obvious it’s to sell a book.”
A few other political insiders have made similar suggestions and also criticized the former official for releasing the book while many of its subjects are still in the public light.
Reid’s harsh words about the Gates memoir go further than comments from any other political heavyweights on the subject; perhaps because the book makes him look particularly stupid.
Gates recounts how the top Democrat often seemed unaware that the Nation was involved in two wars and frequently contacted him to ask for help with pet projects to advance the left’s agenda.
“With all the major issues we had to deal with, my personal contacts with Senate Majority Leader Reid were often in response to his calls about Air Force objections to construction of a windmill farm in Nevada because of the impact on their radars,” Gates writes.
The lawmaker also asked Gates to spend Defense funds on a research study, money Reid presumably wanted to trade for political support.
“He also once contacted me to urge that Defense invest in research on irritable bowel syndrome,” Gates continues.
“With two ongoing wars and all our budget and other issues, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.”