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New Robert Gates Memoir causing controversy in Washington DC
WASHINGTON -- A new tell all memoir from Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is stirring Washington.
The book criticizes everyone in the nation's capital from President Obama to congress, the White House staff and most of all Vice President Biden.
ABC News' Karen Travers has more from Washington on the book that has everyone talking.
Today President Obama and Vice President Biden had lunch together at the White House.
It's a regular weekly thing but today the press was allowed in for a rare, quick peek.
We will always endeavor to provide better access when we can.
Sure or is it an attempt by the Obama White House to show support for the Vice President in the wake of a bombshell new book?
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is about to publish a blunt candid memoir that spares few in Washington - He lobs criticisms at the president, his team, and congress. but the most harsh words are aimed at Vice President Biden.
Gates - who calls himself a republican and began serving under George W Bush - called Biden a man of integrity.
But he said he was quote "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."
The White House defended Biden.
Carney: Joe Biden has been one of the leading statesmen of his time, and he has been an excellent counselor and adviser to the president.
We learn in the book that Gates had deep questions about the president, especially when it came to the war in Afghanistan.
"I thought, the president doesn't trust his commander (David Petraeus)" and "doesn't believe in his own strategy."
And the book has intrigued political watchers when it comes to a potential 2016 democratic primary showdown.
While Gates is critical of Vice President Biden, he had praise for then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
"I found her smart, idealistic but pragmatic, funny, a very valuable colleague and a superb representative of the United States."