BOSTON (CBSDFW.COM) — Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is releasing a new memoir in he which sharply criticizes the “controlling nature” of President Obama’s national security team.

Gates, a former CIA director who served eight presidencies throughout his career, calls the Obama White House “by far the most centralized and controlling in national security of any I had seen since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger ruled the roost,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Gates alleges that he and others — including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-CIA Director Leon Panetta — shared concern that President Obama was determined to control “every aspect of national security policy and even operations.”

In the book titled “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” Gates reveals that he almost quit the Pentagon’s top spot after an unsettling meeting about Afghanistan in September of 2009.

The White House has publicly disagreed with Gates’ assessment, particularly with accusations that Vice President Joe Biden has “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”


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