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Gates calls book 'honest account'

Ex-Pentagon chief Robert Gates faults both the president and the vice president in his memoir.

Ex-Pentagon chief Robert Gates faults both the president and the vice president in his memoir.

WASHINGTON — Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday that he doesn't regret anything he wrote in his controversial new book and called the memoir "an honest account."

In Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War, the former Pentagon chief under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama raises questions about Obama's handling of the Afghanistan war and harshly criticizes Vice President Joe Biden.

Gates told CBS's Sunday Morning that people credited him with being blunt and candid while he was in the Cabinet and that "I could hardly be any less in writing a book."

Gates said how some are looking at the book reflects the country's polarized political process.

He said he didn't think that waiting until 2017 — after the next presidential election — to weigh in on important issues "made any sense."

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