Robert Gates (left) says he respects Barack Obama (right), but is less impressed with his National Security Council staff. Photo: AFP Robert Gates (left) says he respects Barack Obama (right), but is less impressed with his National Security Council staff. Photo: AFP
Robert Gates (left) says he respects Barack Obama (right), but is less impressed with his National Security Council staff. Photo: AFP

Robert Gates defends Barack Obama's war record ahead of book launch

Ex-Pentagon chief says his memoir is being distorted by president's critics

Robert Gates (left) says he respects Barack Obama (right), but is less impressed with his National Security Council staff. Photo: AFP Robert Gates (left) says he respects Barack Obama (right), but is less impressed with his National Security Council staff. Photo: AFP
Robert Gates (left) says he respects Barack Obama (right), but is less impressed with his National Security Council staff. Photo: AFP
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