Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War - Chapter 15: Reflections Summary & Analysis

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In the book’s concluding chapter, Gates states that despite the many positive relationships and support he had during his tenure as secretary, he was often angry because of the near impossibility of getting anything of consequence accomplished. He reflects on the wars, saying he is unsure of whether he would have supported the invasion of Iraq if he had been secretary when the decision was made, but that the war will always be tainted by the fact that the premise for invasion was wrong. He still supports Obama’s Afghanistan strategy shift and troop increase in 2009 and believes the President was right in his decision to withdraw all troops and transfer responsibility for security to the Afghans by the end of 2014 because the country simply cannot abide a war with an indefinite end any longer. Still, the outcome of the Afghanistan war...

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