- Ben Rhodes is president Obama's deputy national security adviser
- Bob Gates was defense secretary under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama
The Axe Files, featuring David Axelrod, is a podcast distributed by CNN and produced at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. The author works at the institute.
Chicago (CNN)A top White House advisor is hitting back against former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' criticism "micromanagement" by the National Security Council hurts President Obama's foreign policy approach.