Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates dropped scathing criticism of President Obama in his new book. Gates harshly questioned the president’s leadership and commitment to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars from the start of the surge he ordered.

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In his book, “Duty,” Gates writes: “[The president] doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.”

Another explosive anecdote, that could have repercussions for the 2016 election, Gates recounts a private conversation between then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama. “Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary … The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.”

The White House responded to Gates’ book in a statement from the National Security Council. It says that the president values Gates’ service, but that he disagrees with Gates' assessment of Vice President Joe Biden’s leadership.

Watch the report from Bret Baier in the video above, then hear Charles Krauthammer's reaction below: