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look at the book. there are no exceptions. a lot of the new details that are emerging from this newly released expert from gates' new memoir "duty," gates goes into pretty full dation about members of the obama administration. he claims they slammed former president george wish and disrespected military leaders. elizabeth prann has more. >> good morning. he painted president obama as insecure and dubious of top leaders of armed forces. gates also acknowledged his conflicts with vice president joe biden. he writes in his book, quote, he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades. looking back he also
acknowledged the time he felt concerned when secretary of state hillary clinton made a troop surge decision. gates compared the two presidents he worked for, president george bush and president obama. he said it was president obama who was missing conviction during the war in afghanistan. >> it's one thing to tell the troops that you support them. it's another to work at making them believe that you believe as president that their sacrifice is worth it, that the cause is just, that what they are doing is important for the country, and that they must succeed. president bush did that with the troops when i was secretary. i did not see president obama do that. >> now, the obama administration mostly on the defensive after allegations emerged of the
administrative spokesman said they didn't find it unusual about the debates on the policy in afghanistan. >> and he is extreme ly conscios of the responsibility that that authority bestows upon him and holds in his office and therefore he would not make decisions about surging u.s. troops without a thorough debate. >> that being said, gates says his perspective, working for presidents and being president for 4 1/2 years that he wrote the novel in a fair and comprehensive way. he also says he has no regrets. jamie, eric, back to you. >> elizabeth prann in washington. back to you. >> what insight can we glean into the way the white house, congress, and the pentagon really work from gates' stunning revelations and how power is actually used at the highest levels of our government. someone who's been there,
contributor and former u.s. ambassador for the united nations. the ambassador is in taiwan this morning. ambassador, it's pretty astonishing. gates writes, quote, doesn't trust his commander, can't stand kay zye, doesn't believe his own strategy, doesn't believe the war to be his, for him it's all about getting out and the troops are in harm's way. what does this mean? >> it believe it's an indictment of barack obama. it shows he doesn't really understand the fundamentals of national security and the predominance of politics in his decision demonstrates -- you just heard secretary gates say president obama just doesn't consider national security that important. now, sometimes people say how can that be. i think it's clear from the
record. i just think he believes national security is a distraction from his priority, mainly changing the basic economic system and that's where he wants to spend his time and effort. >> what does it mean when the president writes he doesn't trust the military? >> well, this is, i think, a reflection of ideology, that the president doesn't seem to think that the military's pursuing an alternative course of conduct. if he were worried about that, he should not have retained bob gates. this is a lesson for decision makers down the road. if that's what you're worried about, he should have brought in a defense heavyweight to take that up so he could have confidence that his secretary of defense was carrying out his wishes. you have him looking a tt military and literally saying i'm giving you an order as if they couldn't figure it out.
>> he writes he doesn't -- but he also says, quote, there's no room for discriminating analysis in the white house. why when you have formulating policy? that could be daunchs. >> i think it is. it's a reflex to the extent politics are dominated. gates is essentially a bureaucrat. this book contains the bush administration too. he says recent presidents have been too ready to reach for the gun. that doesn't characterize president obama. he's criticizing former president george bush. i think it's the career on one hand and political parties on the other. >> how do we solve this as we go forward as a nation to try to have some synergy when these
decisions are made? >> i think you have to have serious political leadership, and i think that means a better understanding of national security and the reduction in the amount of politics involved in it. i mean this administration repeatedly has put politics above national security. i think that's a real problem growing forward. i think it will be increasingly a problem over the next three years. you know, you look at iraq. the president's advisers are all out saying his policies are a success when al qaeda ice flag is flying over fallujah and ramadi, where afghanistan will likely fall to the taliban. i think we're in a downward spiral and i think the united states is going have a hard time coping in the next three years. >> you were a member of the administration. how do politics get out of this? do polls really drive this and how do we get back to a point
where policy comes first? >> i don't remember the discussion of politics entering in to keep decisions as an afterthought. i think the ideal, the paradigm should be harry truman during the cold war when north korea invaded south korea in 1950. truman's advisers were worried about what it might do in midterm elections and the president said you figure out what the right strategy is. >> is that what we need in this country? >> it would be nice to have a truman-style leadership as opposed to somebody who sees the military as threatening and as a burden that gets in the way. >> also what's kind of shocking about this, he writes to a friend that people have no idea how much he detests the job. one would thing if you hate it, you quit. but i think he may be writing
about the pain and the guilt he has dealing with the sacrifice of our brave men and women in iraq and afghanistan. he wrote condolence letters at night. asked for photographs of the soldiers and troops that were killed. what does that mean personally and what kind of toll does that take? >> it does take a toll, clearly on bob gates. i'm sure what he saw on a day-to-day basis at the pentagon and what he experienced when he went to the white house must have been a source of real personal problem for him. >> as always, we thank you so much, talking about this book that blows the lid off of what goes on behind closed door in both the bush and obama white houses. >> always grade to have the ambassador with us. secretary of state john kerry is
in paris today. what they're talking about is the serious civil war. it's an effort to convince the president of the syrian opposition to join in the u.n.-lead peace talks next week. it could bring the main opposition groups face to face with the serious government. you know, the fighting in syria has reportedly killed 130,000 people since it started going on nearly three years. >> in neighboring iraq, jamie, there were two separate car bombs that killed nearly 13 people. they were targeting sunday morning computers in baghdad. of the two, the most deadly was at a busy bus station this morning. at least nine people were killed there, 16 others wounded. the violence taking place amid the ongoing standoff, of course, between the iraqi forces and the al qaeda-linked forces. that continues. >> we'll give you an update on
the situation in west virginia. as you can imagine, frustration is really growing because now the number is up to 300,000 people who are without clean water for a day. fema has gotten ahold of companies to bring in bottled waters and there's an investigative board all to oversee the clean up. this isn't just about using the water. you can't bathe in it, touch it, or boil all of the toxins out of it. there are over 175 chemicals in the elk river. that's making things very difficult to do, even simple chores. >> we can't cook. we can't bathe. we can't clean dishes. we can't mop the floors because you can't get your hands in there. it's terrible. we don't know how long it will
be. it's really a difficult thing. >> that's been the difficult thing. they say it will be days before the tap water can be used let alone drink. >> you're right. there's been a 50-year war on poverty. this morning we'll have new reaction from the white house on the latest plan to try to help the poorest areas in the country. and they continue to honor ariel sharon. we'll be live in jerusalem as the former leader lies in state. that's next. mine was earned orbiti the moon in 1971. afghastan, in 2009. on the u.s.s. saratoga in 1982. [ male announcer ] once it's ened, usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because it offers a superior level of protection. and because usaa's commitment to serve current and former miliry members and their families is without equal. begin your legacy.
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house battling together they can help everyone try to find a job. >> i believe this is the program he made reference to in the state of the union a year ago, so there doesn't seem to be much of an urgency here. since this president took office, 6.7 million americans have entered into poverty, more than 8 million jobs have been added in the last six months. is it enough? no. we still have three people looking for every job, so you should not be cutting off extended unemployment hours. john is joining us. great to have you with us. we look forward to the show. this is a big battle, right, because the bottom line is it's wonderful to give all these benefits out, but how do you pay for it? >> not only that, there are two things. we think it can, depending on
how long it fosters depen decy but who's going to pay for it. coming up with the different plans. now he wants a 31-week extension he says we'll pay for it with the savings from the medicare providers but those savings aren't coming until 2024. people are saying, wait a minute. you're not going to pay for it for ten years? >> kelly ayotte's idea is to put down a social security for a child, they're getting hammered for that. it's a battle over how to pay for it it. the other bat over poverty is ideological. do you continue with the programs that have been place since 1964 and the other ones that have been added since then or do you fundamentally revamp the whole system like snork marko rubio said by taking all
of the federal dollars, giving them to the state and let the states administer them. >> they probably love that independent. how unique is the perspective of each of your guests today that go head to head on this topic? >> well, it's as unique as it is when you're playing party politics. the republicans wanted to create an environmental as marko rubio said and closing the opportunity gap as opposed to the income gap and democrats believe many of these programs have done very well to help people in part. the big argument, though, jamie is do you help people in poverty to get by or help people to get out of the property? >> in terms of the question of the 8 million jobs that have been developed and it's still not enough, any insight on how we're going to get more people back to work because so many of them are now sitting on the sidelines. >> you know, there do not appear
to be many. the idea is cut taxes, cut regulation vrks a fertile playing field for small businesses to deflourish and hire people. but that doesn't seem to get through to an administration that's added tens of thousands of regulations every month. >> regulations. small businesses now have to battle the cost of obama care and also the talk about raising the minimum wage. it will be very interesting to see if they can add very many jobs. we look forward to it. you always do great job when you sit in. >> appreciate it. >> appreciate it. my buddy. you're definitely going to want to tune in in "fox news sunday." check your local listing or camp it right here on to fox news channel, 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. good to talk to john roberts
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what a sight -- he also deliver add brief improvised homily focused the children telling their mothers not to worry about feeding them there. very progressive pope. >> israelis continue to pay their respects to former prime minister ariel sharon who died there yesterday eight years after he suffer a devastating stroke that left him in a coma ever since. we're looking at live pictures, 5:24 p.m. in jerusalem as they line up outside the building where mr. sharon's body is lying in state. tomorrow is his memorial. the u.s. delegation will be led by vice president biden. c
conor powell with more. >> reporter: today across cross the country flags are at half-staff. sharon's cass set is lying instate. they're coming to pay their final respects to ariel sharon. later today his coffin will be covered up and then tomorrow there will be a small service here. vice president joe biden will meet the american delegation for the service here tomorrow. then it will be moved -- the casket will be moved to his southern farm in israel where he'll be buried next to his second wife. he lead a very complicated life. he was a man who was hailed in the military but also a controversial leader who hid in shame.
he also promoted settlements and as prime minister turned around and withdrew them from gaza. it was a scene of jews pulling jewels out of gaza. it shocked not only the country but the world. he leaves a mixed legacy here. but one thing everyone across the country said, he was a leader, he made tough decisions when tough decisions were needed and that is something most israelis say is lacking across israel. back to you. >> all right, conor powell, thanks for the very latest. >> you know what's coming up? ""sunday housecall"s. they're going to sound the alarm of a troubling bacteria. is it in your state? we're going to tell you, straight ahead.
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