Gates Blasts NATO, Questions Future of Alliance

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    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.

    In his final policy speech as Pentagon chief, Gates questioned the viability of NATO, saying its members' penny-pinching and lack of political will could hasten the end of U.S. support. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed in 1949 as a

    U.S.-led bulwark against Soviet aggression, but in the post-Cold War era it has struggled to find a purpose.

    "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.

    Gates has made no secret of his frustration with NATO bureaucracy and the huge restrictions many European governments placed on their military participation in the Afghanistan war. He ruffled NATO feathers early in his tenure with a direct challenge to contribute more front-line troops that yielded few contributions.


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    And while we're at it let's get the UN off our backs too.
     
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    We shouldn't be in NATO or the UN. Never should have been in the first place. Nor should we be signators to the Geneva Convention for that matter.
     
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    NATO was formed to stop the Soviets. They haven't had a relevant mission in 20 years. Most of what NATO does should be handled by the EU. Its their mess, let them handle it.

    Our current threats are global and not limited to that Hemisphere. Time to develop a new global military alliance
     
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    Isolationism leads to wars.
     
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    NATO is obsolete. They're bombing & killing all over the World now. That's not what NATO was founded for. Just look at what's going on in Libya. NATO has killed far more Civilians there than Gaddafi ever could. The same can be said in Afghanistan. The Media doesn't even report all the Civilian deaths caused by NATO Bombings in Libya. NATO really is obsolete. Its time has passed.
     
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    NATO is a good organization that yes we should be a member of. Now what we do or what NATO does is up for debate.

    The UN could disappear tomorrow and I'd have a party.

    Let me add that I'm kind of getting tired of Gates too. Time for him to shut up and move on.
     
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    NATO is not being used for what it was intended for. They are now all over the World Bombing & Killing. How many Civilians are slaughtered every year by NATO? We just don't know for sure because the Media doesn't report the truth. Do people really believe massive bombing in Libya isn't killing many Civilians? In fact i would argue NATO Bombs are killing far more Civilians than Gaddafi could ever be capable of. So what is that War about? Does anyone really know? Regardless,NATO is an outdated organization. Time to end our involvement in it.
     
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    When NATO or the UN can send us to war.

    Time to move on.

    Give us a call when the shit really hits the fan.
     
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    Leaving the UN and/or NATO isn't isolationism.

    It's getting out of the entangling alliances.
     

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