Robert Gates: Harry Reid Calling Iraq War ‘Lost’ Was ‘Disgraceful’

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates sat for an in-depth interview with Morning Joe Wednesday morning, one day after the release of memoir Duty. Gates parsed the controversy that followed the release of excerpts last week, arguing that he had agreed with President Barack Obama’s decisions in Afghanistan but was troubled by the president’s lack of public enthusiasm for the war.

However, Gates went on to contrast Obama’s apparent lack of passion with what he called Senator Harry Reid’s (D-NV) outright “disgraceful” comment during the Iraq War surge that “this war is lost.”

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“I think the troops knew the score,” Gates said. “The troops believed and believe that they were being successful in their mission. So I think they were able to a certain extent to set aside the politics here at home.”

“Although,” he added quite emphatically, “I make the point in the book: when you have somebody like the Senate Majority Leader come out in the middle of the surge and say ‘this war is lost’—I thought that was one of the most disgraceful things I’ve heard a politician say. That sends a riveting message to kids who are putting their lives on the line every day, that they’re doing it for nothing, and that was absolutely not the case.”

Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:

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