Robert Gates Shrugs

J. Robert Smith
Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates has told Europeans that in joint military and defense matters, the United States increasingly wants to take a pass on leadership.  Gates' remarks were front page news in Friday's Washington Post. Gates aimed criticism at European countries for not wanting to pull their own weight in military affairs.  Similar criticisms have been leveled at allied European countries for years.  Gates expressed consternation over NATO's ongoing failure in Libya.  The Post quotes Gates as saying: "[T]the mightiest military alliance in history is only 11 weeks into an operation against a poorly armed regime in a sparsely populated country, yet many allies are beginning to run short of munitions, requiring the U.S., once more, to make up the difference." The Secretary may want to have added the qualifier "floundering" before the word "operation."  Were President Obama and Secretary Gates unaware or misled about NATO's munitions inventories...(Read Full Post)

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