In his new book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates criticizes President Obama’s lack of commitment to U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, and also questions Vice President Biden’s foreign policy skills.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) questions the timing, calling the release of the book “extraordinarily bad timing, and form, if you ask me.” As it turns out, no one did ask him.

  • garygramscom

    It’s always a bad time to tell the truth about the Obama regime

    • SkippyTheWonderPup

      Especially when you’re a liberal. And yes, there are plenty of liberal republicans out there.

  • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Not bad timing or bad form at all IMHO.
    Did they put something in the water in AZ?

    • thetreyman

      yes. i think they call it dumbfuck. it is piped in to the state GOP officials and US senators’ homes.

      • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Seems to be working really, really well.

        • Clete Torres

          Can’t be a coincidence, with all the stupid that seems to emanate from there. How can a red state elect such blue boneheads?

          • cltcat

            Lot’s of retirees from the northeast and large hispanic population. It’s a recipe for political disaster.

    • Spiny Norman

      Bad timing? Well yes… only that it should have come out before the 2012 election.

      • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Wonder if it will make a difference for 2014?
        Might have too many big words in it for the masses.

        • beebop1952

          The only word the “masses” understand is FREE ….

          • Suzyqpie

            Email from OFA confirming that you are absolutely correct. The key word is free, caps are theirs, (start email) “This week, we’re talking about how the law is already lowering health care costs for millions of Americans by providing preventive care — without any out-of-pocket expenses. Yup, that’s right — free preventive care in ways that are potentially live saving: FREE annual check-ups, FREE mammograms and other cancer screenings, FREE
            blood pressure screenings, FREE diabetes screenings, FREE contraception, and FREE vaccinations. Truth Team” (end email) They call themselves Truth Team and the whole email is a lie. The product of someone else’s labor is not free or FREE.

          • karmafordems

            FREE for only a $500 or greater per month premium

          • Suzyqpie

            That’s the part that is so duplicitous and deceitful. Emails from OFA are totally emetic. They truly are a propaganda wing for Pres 0bama. Also, no mention of deductibles. Plus, OFA is forever begging for money with “prizes.” Hurry while supplies last…for 0bama & Camarilla, dignity is so yesterday, man.

          • conservativechick

            MUCH greater with $5,500.00 deductible and huge co-pays!

          • conservativechick

            Kind of like those very expensive “FREE” birth control pills?

          • cltcat

            Then they’re shocked when it pushes prices of other things up. Wait, you mean somebody has to pay for all this FREE stuff. Wait you mean higher wages mean some people lose their jobs.

    • SheilaK

      If they haven’t put something in the water, they need to

    • Dee Dee

      Just in Fone-ix. The rest of us are smarter than that, I think.

      • itekisan

        Ugh, don’t blame us in Phoenix, we want to get rid of him as well. I think it’s all the folks coming from blue states and bringing their politics with them.

  • frozeninbemidji

    I feel bad for the good people of Arizona that were fooled by Flake.

    • Johnny Right

      We didn’t have a better alternative, which is crazy considering how many conservatives there are here.

      • Spiny Norman

        The Party Establishment does not want conservatives running for office. Anyone with any sense is forced to run that gauntlet before facing a Democrat.

        • Johnny Right

          Short story: I knew McCain’s old campaign manager years ago. I ran into her the day Andrew Breitbart died. I said, “can you believe what happened to Breitbart!?”
          Her response: “who’s that?”

          Why that surprised me – I don’t know, but it spoke volumes about people in the RNC bubble.

    • chewydog

      Fluke, Flake, at this point what difference does it make…?

  • NixTyranny

    “Extraordinarily bad form” pretty much describes the voting record of Sen.Flake.

  • Amedicinewoman

    The Flake problem can be fixed….Please don’t re-elect it!

  • Perry

    Arizona voters need to use some Head & Shoulders on this Flake.

  • Howard Roark

    If Gates had any honor he would have made these statements PRIOR to the 2012 election so a bad President and SecState would have to face this attention during the campaign.

    With Flake’s 2013 behavior on immigration reform he has shown that he himself is also without honor

  • TocksNedlog

    I used to be his most enthusiastic cheerleader when he was in the House.
    Then he was elected Senator — and then McCain got ahold of him. . . .

  • Carlos Faraday

    Robert Gates declared a racist in 3… 2… 1…

  • nc ✓s & balances

    Right Scoop has tonight’s brilliant bit by Mark Levin on how to criticize BHO. This is don’t miss:

  • Derfallbright

    This seems like an odd position for Jeff Flake to take. What reason would he have to say anything at all? An emerging mystery..

    • Pat

      no mystery, he’s a RINO.

      • Derfallbright

        It’s interesting to see Gates getting hammered by both the left and the right. I now understand from comments that Gates is very hard on Congress. Maybe he said something to make Flake look like…… a flake.

  • sjmom

    Another one not to be trusted. Must be the Arizona air. Look at McCain.

    • ked5

      the sun and heat of the desert.

    • Dee Dee

      Fone-ix, Fone-ix, not Arizona. It’s full of blue haired democrats.

  • Julius500

    Obama voters won’t vote for you Jeff. You should probably stop ticking off people that might.

  • $6565218

    Bad timing is right. Should have written and released it before the 2012 election.
    Any little bit helps.

  • desicon

    I don’t need Gates to tell me Obama is a flake. On a consistent basis Obama exhibited his dis-taste for military and anything positive about America. He is for more people on welfare, he sided with mullahs, he dissed Israel, slept thru Benghazi killing, transplant 3rd world unskilled masses into developed nation.

    Obama is focused on only one thing. Weakening America. We have RINO’s facilitating it.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      But can we at least say “BRAVO” to Gates for documenting the behind the scenes shenanigans from BHO, Biden and even Hillary, among others?

      We need more and more of these “tell all” books.

  • Keep Honkin, I’m Reloading

    Funny…I don’t recall anyone asking you.

  • James Neal

    Hey, Flake, please explain why it is your job (as a supposed conservative Senator) to defend Owebama, Clinton and Biden? Why do Senators from Arizona come down on the side of liberal tyrants more often than not? By the way, we didn’t ask you — probably because we can always know ahead of time what you and McCain will say if it involves your liberal BFF’s.

  • right_on

    Flake… lives up to his extraordinarily bad name.

  • JeffyTheQuick

    Jeff… Jeff… Jeff…

    Don’t move in on McCain’s turf. He’s the idiot Senator from Arizona.

    You going Spectre on us?

  • yourmamatoo

    Jeff the rino .
    Sit down & shut up!

  • fireandreamitchell

    Jeff Flake = John McCain Jr.

  • puggish

    Arizona Republicans, what is UP with you electing these losers?

    • AZGunslinger

      The AZ GOP establishment is a good ol’ boy system and Flake was Sen Jon Kyl’s protege. The AZ GOP issued a letter of censure to McCain today and I am sure there will be a primary challenge to him in 2016 and Flake in 2018.

      • puggish

        Y’all grassroots guys need to be more aggressive about becoming active in your state GOP and driving them to the right. Seriously.

      • ozconservative

        You need a Sarah Palin type person who is willing to take on these people on.

  • Marvin Nelson

    This guy’s name sure is right-he is a moonbat. What business is it of his when a book comes out? Why doesn’t he comment on he fact that Obummer’s foreign policy is a disaster? Too busy sitting on Preezy’s lap. Why are there so many loons in AZ?

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Then I guess Gates’ book confirms it: KING OBAMA REALLY IS A FINK! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Pat

    what is with all these democrats with the “R” behind their name?

  • Republicanvet

    Richard Grenell got close, but the question should be @JeffFlaky, when troops are in combat, when is a good time to tell us your supposed political opposition is playing politics with their lives.

  • dwsmokin

    You know, I always liked the Arizona governor, Ms. Brewer. Shame the people of that great state have 2 senators that are such douches.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Joe Arpaio for Senate? He’s old, but he’s also old-school common sense… Jawamax 8<{D}

      • dwsmokin

        Works for me. Common sense took a holiday from DC a long time ago. Sure would be nice to get some back.

  • ScarlettNY

    The Democrats have infiltrated the Republican Party, I am not sure if it will ever recover.

  • DBS

    And I thought John McCain was our idiot senator in Arizona!

    • ked5

      johnny needs to make sure there’s a replacement for him when he retires.

  • Jason Lovelace

    Former Sec-Def Gates is an Obama Crony. His book and his words about Mr. O. interest me not one whit. Birds of a Feather, so they say. If Mr. Gates had really had the intestinal fortitude to say what he has to say between the covers of his book, he’d’ve said `em at he jump. Instead, he took Mr. O’s Sec-Def position in his first administration and ran with it. He can say what he wants after the fact. The choice I have is to not bother to read his words because now they mean nothing.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Ah, Judging a book by it’s cover…. Jawamax 8<{D}

      • Jason Lovelace

        No, judging a book by its WRITER. There is a difference…

  • Kabong30

    Ladies and gentlmen of AZ, this man represents you in the senate. Remember this when he asks to keep the job.

  • jumper297

    So does AZ actually understand they’re voting in libs even with the “R” after their names? Or do they vote like MN … just pick a name out of a phone book (or a pro wrestler, or a SNL character)

    • Deborah Hallsted

      There are good conservatives here, Matt Salmon is one of them. But, as in all areas of the US now, we have a particularly vicious liberal element, that rips anyone with a hope of running on conservative politics to shreds. Comes partly from the California people who moved here to avoid the consequences of the idiotic policies they embraced there. Well off retirees from libbie areas, then you add elements from the East who moved here for the weather. It’s a state divided these days.

      • kssturgis62

        Liberals move from state to state, after destroying their own states. Then they try to bring those same policies to the state they came to and destroy that one also. It is a disease that spreads like a wildfire.

        • SupplyGuy

          Wasn’t that the way the aliens in Independence Day operated? Is there a connection?

          • kssturgis62

            I believe you are Correct !!! I think there just might be one. Arizona is near Nevada and isn’t area 51 there somewhere?????? LOL

          • Acethepug

            Not quite the same, I think the aliens KNEW they were pilaging, destroying, and moving on. They just don’t CARE.

            For whatever reason, Proggies seem unable to make the mental connection between voting the way they do and then seeing the state deteriorate. So they destroy a state, flee the condition they created, and then start the whole process over again, fleeing the bad situation that they themselves vote for.
            So I give the aliens credit for being self-aware, which is orders of magnitude more intelligence than the standard Proggie demonstrates.

          • SupplyGuy

            Good analysis. But the result is still the same.

        • Deborah Hallsted

          True. And entitlement is it’s biggest attribute.

      • Derfallbright

        You make a good point. A good conservative Congressman can carry a conservative district, but many urban areas in a state are liberal and a Senator is a statewide election.

        Democrats have discovered they can whip up far right candidates to run against someone like Flake in the primary and then run as a more moderate candidate against a very conservative in the general election.

        They have succeeded in that game several times. Independents tend to be more middle of the road and are not usually attracted to candidates from extreme wings of both parties.

        The Democrats still have central control of their party and who run is the primaries.

        The Republicans have an internal war between the more narrowly focused Tea Party candidates and the older line Republican positions. I like many of the Tea party positions…..but having a candidate that can win the general election at the end of the day is the most important issue. You can not guide the dog team unless you are the lead dog. (ie control the House, Senate and Presidency) We don’t need any more ‘moral’ victories that still leaves a Liberal in charge.

        • Deborah Hallsted

          Absolutely true. Very troubling. When Matt’s wife told me he was running for governor, I told her “he’ll never get elected, I’m sorry, but they will find a way to tear him down, and it will be rough”. I was right, sadly. After the awful Evan Mecham debacle, Arizona electing a conservative mormon is as likely as Nancy Piglosi becoming a Republican.

  • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

    Yea, bad timing. Obama steps off the plane from Hawaii and WHAM-O!!!

    • ToyZebra

      Yeah, don’t interrupt Obama when he is playing with his Wham-O toys.

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  • James

    Flake has turned into McCain’s little brother, following in Johnnie’s RINO footsteps and saving our economy by granting amnesty to 30 million illegal invaders ( among other things).
    Arizona needs to wise up and elect better candidates fast.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Whatever happened to J.D. Hayworth? He was one of the brightest Conservative Reps around!
      Well, that’s one possible candidate for the Senate…Former football player; think anyone would push him around? Just sayin… Jawamax 8<{D}

  • SupplyGuy

    Does anybody know why he thinks its bad timing and bad form?

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  • Suzyqpie

    Pres 0bama ushered in the Cult of Celebrity in WDC. Flake needs some face time, air time, Hey-Look-At-Me-Time, Suck-Up-To-0bama-Press, so we get detritus like this. Watch, today he’ll crank out something for redemption. Probably something safe and trite, along the lines of, 0bama lied.

  • Kenton McCarthy

    “I promise to serve no more than 3 two-year terms” Jeff Flake in 2000

    • Lindakl

      He could be Obama cause he lies too.

    • Derfallbright

      Time’s up!

  • BoscoBolt

    We have to remember that Flake is a leftist “progressive”, and an obama AMNESTY operative – he doesn’t like it when people talk bad about his master.

  • Bowdoin81

    Good timing would have been 2012.

    • Serilda

      Brilliant comment!! I also add 2008 would have been good as well.

  • LR99

    Senator Jeff doesn’t realize that “political ettiquette” has cost this nation $17 Trillion!! It’s about time someone in DC starts speaking the truth!!!


    Who dare speak out about our Dear Leader? Send him to the dogs!

  • wildwood15

    What a disappointment Flake has been.

  • Lindakl

    Flake is John McCain Jr., and that is a bad thing!

  • James Perley

    Gate’s comments are not a surprise. One could infer much of his disdain with careful reading of the news. For example, Democrats initiated the “Slow Bleed” to freeze the number of allied troops in Iraq to maximize the number of deaths so the war would be a damaging campaign issue during the next election. Obama appears to have thrown away the progress our troops made

    Maybe the timing for the book could have been better, a few months before the next election for maximum effect.

  • Kaya Hund

    Mr. Gates better have his taxes in order.

  • DockyWocky

    Funny how whenever anyone shows disrespect for King Obama, the Obama Propaganda Ministry always assigns multiple mouthpieces to distort the facts. They must have a large team of Obama apologists ready to go at a moment’s notice.

    • ked5

      the ministry of truth is very busy – never get a vacation since they have to work 24/7.

  • Noneya

    When would this idiot expect someone to come forward with the truth on an issue that involves the lives of our soldiers?

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Okay, Flake, you’ve lost my support…And you used to be one of the “Good Guys” when you were in the House… ‘Nuff said. Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Elizabeth Fisher

    LMAO at the #oneterm !!!

  • notenoughtime

    So when does Sen. Flake would be a good time to tell the truth. After more and more of our brave servicemen lose their lives, or after he leaves office and the damage cannot be undone. Between Flake and McCain, the tag team has done a great disservice to the people of Arizona!

  • Elizabeth Fisher

    FWIW… I didn’t need to read Gates’ book to know that Obama sucks as a leader. So take that #onetermFlake

  • Thomas

    Jeff Flake is a media whore and about as conservative as his fellow Arizona Senator John McFlake

  • putthehammerdown

    This, from a guy who had so much promise and has intellectually gone from our midst.
    “Flake” just about covers it.
    […or he’s a pod person and we just haven’t gotten the news yet…]

  • chrisinva

    In DC time, it’s always the wrong time for truth.

  • Joe_NS

    It seems to me that Gates could have let the rest of us in on the depth of the sludge at the top of the government at the time of the 2012 election. But, according to Sen. Flake, that too would likely have been “bad form.” What a 24-carat dunce.

  • dennis reilly

    Flake is a politician and that equals being a greedy thief

  • Tommy Maq

    People almost always most strongly resist ( and resent ) the one message they most need to learn. Flake’s response indicates Gates’ timing was therefore excellent.

  • CrossHugger

    Anytime you can get the girly man in the White House stirred up is a good day. The left sure chuckled about the crap they through about Bush but when the shoe is on their collective foot they whine like little girls. The truth hurts.

  • DANEgerus

    @JeffFlake is a good Democrat

  • ProBizConservative

    Another RINO trained by McCain. Time for Flake to “flake out” and leave congress.

  • omega2

    I guess that telling the TRUTH is not in order for the FAKE FLAKE from ARIZONA! Like McCAIN, both BOZO SUCK UPS! We in Arizona are SICK of these two tree monkies! Just look at IRAQ today, AL QIADA IS BACK THANKS TO BOZO!

  • Freddie King

    My God, people in Arizona, you need to clean your US Senate house and eliminate both Senator RINOs. The demented John McCain and the flaky Jeff Flake.

    • Lindakl

      Believe me a lot of us have tried.

      • warpmine

        Use firearms next time. Works 10 out of 10 times.
        It’s coming to this anyway so….

  • Jake Bradford

    Nothing worse than an impostor….pretends to be a conservative..or even better a “libertarian conservative” to get elected to the House. Then, once he gets a taste of power & the DC elites…suddenly he’s all for gun control, amnesty & kissing Obama ass. UGH

  • George Blumel

    Gates’ book is a rarity in that it tells the truth about insider actions and motivations in a timely fashion –when it can add needed insight to what is happening now. Most are written long after they’re relevant to current affairs. Career politicians don’t like the truth coming out about how they act out of the public eye.
    Gates mentions congress in his book: “…Congress is best viewed from a distance—the farther the better—because up close, it is truly ugly. I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional
    responsibilities (such as timely appropriations)……hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and prone to put self (and re-election) before country..” Truly, getting reelected comes first to the pro pols. We need term limits on congress! btw, Flake reneged on his pledge to limit himself to 3 terms in the House. He does have a strong pro-growth voting record, tho that has redeeming value.

  • regmgr

    Are there any sane people in Arizona? Why do they continue to vote for these liberal Republicans?

  • praymorenow1

    Bad timing? That would be because Iraq & Afghanistan are both boiling over, and our President is worrying about what….selfies w/ blonde PM’s, Hawaii golfing, and how to deflect attention away from real issues.
    But, why bother w/ that, he always has rather tepid GOP Senators tweeting silly comments.
    I am not a fan of Gates. Less of a fan of Obama, Biden, Clinton (any Clinton)….and I find Gates excerpts to be rather well, ‘ duh ‘, obviously that’s what Obama thought…who is surprised.
    Poor timing? Senator, what is good timing for someone to speak out? When we’re hearing Obama say, Osama is dead, Al Queda is dead, and The Taliban is on the run…as they take over yet another city in Afghanistan and Iraq………..
    Is there any wonder why the GOP is going to (1) lose the 2014 sure thing election cycle, and then (2) get blasted in the 2016 election……….tepid, meek, mild, easy to run over GOP figures…The Dems toss out Pelosi, Reid, Clinton, Obama, Sharpton, and we toss out Flake, McConnell and Boehner……….ugh.