Military Advice to Obama Should Be Private: Gates

Defense secretary joins criticism of McChrystal
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2009 4:10 PM CDT
Defense Secretary Robert Gates smiles as he speaks at the Association of the United States Army 2009 Annual Meeting in Washington, Monday, Oct. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Military commanders should give their advice on Afghanistan to President Obama, not to the public, Robert Gates said today. In an implicit reprimand to Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who has commented openly on his low opinion of the administration’s Afghanistan policy, the defense secretary said such advice should be given “candidly but privately” to the president, Bloomberg reports.