By Wednesday of that week, Gates went to see Donilon, offering up a barbed assessment of how the White House had handled the aftermath of the raid.
‘I have a new strategic communications approach to recommend,’ Gates said in his trademark droll tones, according to an account later provided by his colleagues.
What was that, Donilon asked?
‘Shut the f@*k up,’ the defense secretary said.
That sounds more like a good NCO than a SECDEF, but it's solid advice all the same. Too bad nobody was listening.