“BRUSSELS (AP) – America’s military alliance with Europe – the cornerstone of U.S. security policy for six decades – faces a “dim, if not dismal” future, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday in a blunt valedictory address.
“Future U.S. political leaders – those for whom the Cold War was not the formative experience that it was for me – may not consider the return on America’s investment in NATO worth the cost,” he told a European think tank on the final day of an 11-day overseas journey.
Without naming names, he blasted allies who are “willing and eager for American taxpayers to assume the growing security burden left by reductions in European defense budgets.”
NATO has no reason for existence…the US should close its military bases in EU countries and bring the troops home. Gates is right; European countries should be prepared to defend themselves. More from Gates:
“To illustrate his concerns about Europe’s lack of appetite for defense, Gates noted the difficulty NATO has encountered in carrying out an air campaign in Libya.
“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,” he said.
His comment reflected U.S. frustration with the allies’ limited defense budgets.”
Initiating military action and expecting the USA to fill in the gaps is unacceptable, and the USA is rejecting this. The House of Representatives voted (416-5) to forbid any taxpayer dollars for US ground forces in Libya.