Though memoirs are nothing new to Washington, their contents can be particularly cutting when faulting a current president—and Obama’s been hit with a series of not-so-happy former cabinet members’ tell-all-ish books lately.
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates got the ball rolling by harshly questioning the president’s leadership in Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton followed with Hard Choices, where she distanced herself from Obama’s foreign policy. And now, former Secretary of Defense and past CIA Director Leon Panetta has penned the latest critique.
In Worthy Fights, released on Tuesday, Panetta describes a president that failed to properly lead on numerous occasions and that “avoids the battle, complains, and misses opportunities.” But beyond the Obama criticism, Panetta sheds light on decisions made within the administration, particularly regarding the Middle East.
Panetta served as Obama’s CIA director from 2009 until 2011, and questioned Obama’s leadership from the start—he, along with others, wondered why Obama was hiring someone with such little intelligence experience for the role.
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