President Barack Obama made a huge mistake as commander in chief when he kept George W. Bush appointee Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense.
Gates has exceeded his authority too many times to count, and he has not been put in his place by Obama. As a result, Gates is the de facto commander in chief.
When Obama called for the repeal of the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy by the end of 2010 during his State of the Union speech in January, Gates went into high gear to try to stop the president’s effort.
He should have been fired immediately.