Kristol: Gates Blindsided by Rahm
4:56 PM, Oct 19, 2009 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Yesterday, in light of Rahm Emanuel's comments on delaying the decision on troops for Afghanistan, I asked: "Are Sunday talk show declarations by Emanuel and political advisor David Axelrod an appropriate way to announce the considered judgment of the president at this stage of a long Cabinet-level review process? Or is Emanuel end-running the process? Do Secretaries Gates and Clinton agree with Emanuel? Were they consulted before Rahm popped off?"
I've now been told by an authoritative source close to Defense Secretary Robert Gates that he had no advance warning that Emanuel would be saying any such thing.
Update: A former government official e-mails: