Why didn’t Gates speak up sooner?

gatesrobertmugWichita native and former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has received some praise but also a lot of criticism for his new book, “Duty.” Many consider it bad form for a Cabinet secretary to publish a tell-all book while the president is still in office (particularly a defense secretary potentially undermining the commander in chief). Sarah Chayes of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace questioned why Gates didn’t raise his concerns while he was the secretary. “In his memoir, Gates emerges as a petulant, inhibited man who ill-served his president and the national interest by keeping his anger and concerns bottled up instead of raising them in person, at the time when it might have done his country some good,” she wrote.