Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said at a Saturday event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential library, that when he served under President Barack Obama, his greatest frustration was “political” micromanagement of military affairs.
“I told the commanders you get a call from the White House, you tell them to go to hell and call me,” he said. “I think when a president wants highly-centralized control in the White House at the degree of micromanagement I am describing, that is not bureaucratic. That is political.”
Gates also went as far as to compare Obama’s leadership style with Lyndon Johnson’s micromanagement of the military during the Vietnam War-era. (RELATED: Panetta: Obama Damaged U.S. Credibility With Syria Red Line)
“Where I found the greatest concern, really was the first president I served and the last president I served. And in both cases, Lyndon Johnson and Barack Obama, it was White House micromanagement of military affairs.”