Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates stands by a claim he made in his memoir that Vice President Joe Biden has been wrong on every foreign policy issue for four decades.
Gate — who served as a secretary under President Barack Obama’s administration — said that he respects Biden as a man, but slammed his ability to predict the outcome of issues when it comes to foreign policy.
In his memoir, Gates wrote:
“Joe Biden is impossible not to like. He’s a man of integrity, incapable of hiding what he really thinks, one of those rare people you know you could turn to for help in a personal crisis. Still, I think he’s been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue of over the past four decades.”
During an interview Sunday morning on “Face the Nation,” Gates doubled down on his claim and questioned whether Biden could be a successful commander-in-chief because of his “issues with the military.”
Gates and @JoeBiden served together under @BarackObama. As for how the former VP would do as commander in chief, Gates says it would “depend on the personalities at the time” as Biden “had some issues with the military.” pic.twitter.com/5H8MYM2VMw
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) May 12, 2019
“I don’t know [if he would be an effective commander-in-chief]. I don’t know. I think I stand by that statement. He and I agreed on some key issues in the Obama administration. We disagreed significantly on Afghanistan and some other issues. I think that the vice president had some issues with the military — so how he would get along with the senior military and what that relationship would be. I just. I think it would depend on the personalities at the time.”
While Gates may have been the bluntest about his criticisms of Biden’s foreign policy chops, he isn’t alone in criticizing him. As IJR previously reported, Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called out Biden for his claim that China is not a major threat to the United States. In a tweet, Romney said, “This will not age well,” an ode to Biden’s mockery of then-candidate Romney when he claimed Russia was our biggest threat in the 2012 election.
Biden is currently the front-runner of the crowded field of 21 Democrats for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.