Former Secretary of Defense
"Apparently you wrote about Chris Christie and there was retribution," Stewart said.
Gates actually suffered a fall on
All joking aside, Stewart was curious to find out exactly why so many people have become so fascinated by Gates' book.
"I'm pretty blunt and candid about the mess in [Washington]," Gates said.
"Have you been surprised that the media has glommed onto the more sensationalist aspects?" Stewart asked.
"Not surprised," Gates said. "I've been around too long for that.
"Washington is so polarized that absolutely everything is used to prove one political point or another. So people have cherry-picked individual quotes if it supports their position. ... If you're for Bush, there's stuff; if you're against him, there's material. Same thing with President Obama. But I think it's a very honest account."
Gates book has grabbed headlines by critcizing Obama for failing to support his own surge strategy in Afghanistan and for privately admitting, along with
Stewart moved quickly away from the controversy with the president and onto the current mess with the Veterans Administration. The extended discussion is available online.