Washington is abuzz this morning over the contents of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new book, which includes some scathing criticism of President Obama's handling of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The revelations come as al Qaeda-linked groups retake control of key Iraqi cities Ramadi and Fallujah, where costly battles were waged by U.S. troops to oust terrorist groups.

In "Duty," Gates writes that it "became routine" for Obama's National Security Staff (NSS) to call military commanders, referring to it as "operational meddling" that he "routinely resisted."

He wrote that when he worked in the White House, such communication was "unthinkable" and "probably cause for dismissal."

Fox News strategic analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) discussed the revelations with Bill Hemmer this morning, saying much of what he has heard is not really that surprising.

To Peters, the most troubling thing is that Gates claims Obama doubted the strategy in Afghanistan while sending additional troops there in his first term. The White House has since disputed that claim.

"If our president tripled down in Afghanistan and never believed in the mission, never believed it could work, but for the last five years has allowed our soldiers and Marines and Navy corpsmen to be killed or maimed in a war the president doesn't believe makes sense or that he doesn't believe he can win? That is as low as any president in our history has gone," said Peters.

Watch the full discussion above.