Robert Gates, as a harbinger of big changes in NATO

Robert Gates, as a harbinger of big changes in NATO

10 June 2011, US Secretary of Defense Robert Michael Gates, leaving 30 June this year, made very tough statements about the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and warned NATO members 28 that in a rapidly changing world this alliance may soon become obsolete yourself This was the last speech of R. Gates as head of the US defense and contained the sharpest criticism of the bloc during the entire period of Gates’s tenure as head of the Pentagon.


Main charges

- The war in Afghanistan revealed the weaknesses of NATO’s military capabilities and the lack of political will among the leadership of states.

- Speaking about the war in Libya, R. Gates stressed that only 8 from the 28 bloc states are involved in air strikes. In this case, all members of NATO voted for this operation against Libya.

- Military material problems of the bloc: “The most powerful for all history a military alliance only for 11 weeks conducts operations against a poorly armed regime in a sparsely populated country. Nonetheless, many allies lack ammunition, and the United States again has to cover this shortage. ” As a result, Americans have to bear the extra costs. The United States has to bear a common security burden, as European partners are constantly reducing military spending. Therefore, NATO may soon lose its former capabilities, its military significance.

- States that specialize in such "soft" topics as humanitarian development, ensuring peace in a number of regions enjoy the benefits of NATO membership and do not want to participate in any "costs and risks." So, according to Gates, only 5 of the bloc member states spend the agreed 2% of GDP on defense or more - these are the United States, Great Britain, France, Greece and Albania. And this situation is unlikely to change, on the contrary, there is a tendency to further reduce military spending and military capabilities of the European members of NATO.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton supported Pentagon chief Robert Gates during her visit to Zambia. “Complacency is dangerous for NATO,” Clinton said. Clinton said she fully agrees with Gates, all countries should be responsible for the safety of their citizens. And for this it is necessary to maintain the defense at the right level. "As events in the Middle East and North Africa have shown, we cannot predict where the danger is coming from, and we must be ready and able to work together," H. Clinton concluded.

What it says

- The United States is tired of carrying the enormous financial and economic burden for virtually the entire Western world. After all, of the NATO countries, practically only the US actually fights, spending enormous resources on maintaining the network of military bases, developing new weapons, conducting military campaigns, where other NATO countries at best have a supporting role. That is, the Pentagon is tired of carrying the burden of the white man alone, dominating the planet of the Western world on the planet.

- Europe after the actual occupation during and after World War II has lost the habit of being responsible for its security. It can be said that in this regard it has become very irresponsible, having become accustomed to the security supported by the “American bayonets.” So Washington recalled that it was time to be able to “bleed”, remember the war.

- The world is changing, and, as Europeans would not like to remain in the illusions of the world of 70-80, this will not be the case. The income level of Europeans will fall, they will have to choose either a slow further degradation of the Western way of life, or a shake-up will occur and we will see another West. West 30's, seething, brutal, ready to fight for their values. Perhaps Washington is preparing for this European politicians.

Sources of:
http://www.arms-expo.ru/050049054050124050051056049054.html
http://www.rbc.ua/rus/newsline/show/klinton-polnostyu-podderzhala-kritiku-vyskazannuyu-geytsom-12062011055500
http://ru.wikinews.org/wiki/Министр_обороны_США_Роберт_Гейтс_выступил_с_резкой_критикой_в_адрес_НАТО
Ctrl Enter

Noticed a mistake Highlight text and press. Ctrl + Enter

22 comments
Information
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must to register.

I have an account? Sign in

  1. marsupial
    marsupial 16 June 2011 12: 17 New
    • 1
    • 0
    +1
    Oh, like a balm on the heart, everything is so familiar.
    It seems I read Hitler's speech at the conception of the Third Reich or out of breath? winked
  2. rumpeljschtizhe
    rumpeljschtizhe 16 June 2011 13: 11 New
    • 1
    • 0
    +1
    amers can understand .... :-)
  3. datur 16 June 2011 13: 19 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    wanted to be a hegemon throughout the world ---- pay.
  4. mitrich
    mitrich 16 June 2011 18: 06 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    Robert Gates is a neoconservative of pure water with great political experience. Defends the interests of his country. I would like him to be Russian and become the Minister of Defense of Russia.
  5. voin-xnumx
    voin-xnumx 16 June 2011 18: 30 New
    • 1
    • 0
    +1
    So they’ll think of launching a couple of missiles at the old Europe, to shake her. And then they will point with a finger, for example, to Iran or Syria - ata. And Europe will have to learn to "bleed" and remember the war. The Americans will get their way, their congress knows how to count money (in contrast to our cocks).
  6. datur 16 June 2011 18: 34 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    voin-xnumx, their congress knows how to count money (unlike our cocks) .- Yes, and ours can. but they manage to cut and do the job.
    1. voin-xnumx
      voin-xnumx 16 June 2011 18: 55 New
      • 0
      • 0
      0
      datur: Naturally, if out of 1000 Baku rubles, there’s a spit ... just a couple of this nobody will notice and the job will be done. And if on the contrary, we’ll only leave a couple then we will look at the exhibitions at exhibitions, and officers will receive apartments from us in the 12th year - only in 3012. So what to consider for the state is one thing and to consider for ourselves This is completely different.
  7. mitrich
    mitrich 16 June 2011 18: 39 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    VOIN-72,
    for you, apparently, launching two missiles across Europe is like farting in your mother’s presence. Simplify too.
    1. voin-xnumx
      voin-xnumx 16 June 2011 18: 47 New
      • 0
      • 0
      0
      Naturally, it’s greatly simplified, let’s say, to make a very serious terrorist attack in Europe, in order to convince NATO partners of the need for further Mochilov and not skimp on defense capability. So fit?
  8. mitrich
    mitrich 16 June 2011 19: 02 New
    • 1
    • 0
    +1
    VOIN72,
    Fits. Only an article, in my opinion, says that Gates suggested that his NATO partners take more care of their own security, and not about military challenges for the “old woman” of Europe. Simply put, he said: “It took my America to drag you on its hump. Maybe you will stop engaging in masturbation, and will you invest your money in defense?”
    That, in my opinion, is what this article is talking about. And there is no need for any conspiracy theories about the organization of the terrorist attack and, especially, the launch of missiles.
    1. marsupial
      marsupial 16 June 2011 21: 02 New
      • 0
      • 0
      0
      this coffee mates were fucked up to build unipolar world at the expense of others.
      And to blow up a couple of towers on September 11th, it costs them nothing at home, and even more so in Europe. belay
  9. Victor 16 June 2011 21: 10 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    NATO-American harem, where there is one man and his name is Pindos. Only not all the aunts in the harem want to please their master. Many have learned to say otmazy like "Honey, I can’t today, I have critical days." Gates understands this well and, in his own way, worries about the future of NATO in Pindoski. I'm glad he leaves. Gates is a true enemy, principled and not cowardly.
  10. figwam 16 June 2011 21: 40 New
    • 1
    • 0
    +1
    What are you all talking about?
    The resolution on Libya gave the right to clear the sky, and not to slaughter people in the cities at night. And this Gates is one of the main killers, let him burn in hell.

    Quote: mitrich
    I would like him to be Russian and become the Minister of Defense of Russia.


    If this is your ideal minister, then I don’t know who you are with!
  11. mitrich
    mitrich 16 June 2011 22: 01 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    Figwam
    and what actually surprised you so much? If our profile minister with the same ardor and passion defended the interests of his country, then I would not have expressed such an opinion. VICTOR correctly wrote that this is a principled, clever and non-cowardly enemy of Russia, because of which I can not inflame R. Gates with sons' love, but why should I not respect him as an enemy? And the US Secretary of Defense did not work in a furniture store as a merchandiser. All his life he has been guarding the interests of his country - now at the CIA, then at the Ministry of Defense.
    I hope, besides this, you know the words "metaphor", "association", then I would not have to fill this supplement.
    PS In Libya - and I do not hope so already. I’ll ask you.
  12. Victor 16 June 2011 22: 57 New
    • 1
    • 0
    +1
    In order to understand the metaphors regarding the enemy, you must probably see and feel at least once in the life of this enemy. The states hate me, like any true Russian, but I know very well. that it is a strong and truly principled enemy in achieving its goals. Do not forget who built the states from the beginning. Adventurers, engineers, pioneers, pirates, and many many others who, with all desire, cannot be called weak people. Gates flesh from the flesh of these people. And only Russia is the main obstacle to their world triumph. Like any real Russian, there is no fear and will not be. Like any real Russian, there is respect for the real enemy.
  13. figwam 16 June 2011 23: 34 New
    • 3
    • 0
    +3
    Destroying a knowingly weak adversary and his civilian population is not a sign of intelligence and courage. Therefore, I have no respect for a healthy thug who takes away candy from a child.
  14. DAGESTAN333 16 June 2011 23: 52 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    Victor и figwam, your truth does not contradict each other.
    1. Victor 17 June 2011 08: 48 New
      • 0
      • 0
      0
      I agree, the truth is always somewhere in between.
  15. datur 17 June 2011 00: 17 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    marsupial,
    it is the coffee mates who have built themselves up to build a unipolar world at the expense of others.
    And to blow up a couple of towers on September 11th, it costs them nothing at home, and even more so in Europe. ---- YOU'RE RIGHT, if you graduated from it yourself, then in Europe they can do that on September 11, it will seem like a cracker!
  16. Student from florida
    Student from florida 17 June 2011 10: 03 New
    • -1
    • 0
    -1
    Gates, mudly, hacked the FCS program.
    But I absolutely agree with this speech. The Europeans with their “human rights” are completely out of control, they don’t want to fight, they don’t want to multiply, and even put the wheels in the wheels of the United States. Personally, I saw how a local white-footed biodegradable banner stretched out the banner "Stop war in Afghanisan" in Nice.
  17. Stavr
    Stavr 17 June 2011 10: 24 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    Before the bombing of Iran, provocations from the United States and Israel are inevitable. "Cucumber disease" in Europe - only flowers in the provocative actions of someone's special services. It was established that the infection could not mutate by itself enough to withstand almost all forms of antibiotics. So the berries are yet to come. Obviously, in 2012-2013, we should expect their maturation, at one time cultivated including Robert Michael Gates.
    In general, in the language of special services, the organization of a large-scale provocation, such as September 11, is simply called "active events". The consequences of such events are predicted by analysts in advance, up to the justification and results of a future war.
  18. Alex
    Alex 17 June 2011 11: 50 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    Personally, I was amused by the phrase: "tired." It will be right to say - they can’t. They can no longer ... And as always they want to solve their problems at the expense of others. A new stage begins. The United States will begin to promote pro-American politicians in Europe, such as Nicolas in France and Tonnie in England. Those will defend their interests, and the people, as always, will lose. However, I do not think that this will save the situation. The patient is seriously ill and cannot be saved. There will simply be violent conflicts with Muslims, the Cold War with the Russians, and diplomatic conflicts with the Chinese.