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Gates Criticizes European NATO Members For Making U.S. Carry Their Weight

June 14, 2011 by  

Defense Secretary Robert Gates criticized the European members of NATO.The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has been central to American foreign policy for decades, but according to retiring United States Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the European partners in the group need to pull their own fair share of the weight.

Gates said that America is unfairly burdened with providing funding for and the muscle behind NATO, which was formed as a defense against increasing Soviet power in the late 1940s.

The Defense Secretary said that NATO faces a “dim, if not dismal” future if the European countries don’t step up to the plate.

“The blunt reality is that there will be dwindling appetite and patience in the U.S. Congress — and in the American body politic writ large — to expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defense,” he said.

Gates said that Afghanistan has highlighted the unwillingness of the European countries to match the commitment of the U.S.

“Despite more than 2 million troops in uniform, not counting the U.S. military, NATO has struggled, at times desperately, to sustain a deployment of 25,000 to 45,000 troops, not just in boots on the ground, but in crucial support assets such as helicopters, transport aircraft, maintenance, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and much more,” he said.

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  • JimH

    The Soviet Union isn’t there anymore, why is NATO?
    The U.S. kept the Soviets out of Europe for decades and the little ingrates don’t appreciate it.
    For half a century they have been plying us for chumps, time to leave them on their own.

    • Vagabond

      Jim nato is as big a joke as the united nations is. and they are both as worthless as TITS ON A BULL,

  • eddie47d

    The European countries need to do the heavy work for their own defense and the USA should only be playing a minor role in any action. In the Bosnian/Kosovo police action we did the heavy lifting while Europe stood on the side lines. They have had years to build up their defenses and don’t always seem concerned so maybe it is time to pull the plug on funding.

  • skippy

    Well, you can bet someone somewhere is making a ton of $$$$ off of this outdated agenda. Yep, NATO and UN are just a drain. I vote to get rid of BOTH!!

    • Bogo

      You forgot about Federal Reserve IMF and all the other Global Bankers that skim money off the top of others hard work while destroying their economy.

  • Bob Marshall

    The US needs to get out of the UN and stop being the largest contributor to the International Monetary Fund.

  • TIME

    Would this be the same Bob Gates who is at this years Bilderburg 2011?

    As I recall that’s an act of TREASON, to have a US Government official attending such a meeting.

    NATO, = North American Troops Obedient to the NWO.

  • i41

    Who it that think the UN is one of the greatest organization to be a member of, all of the f–king marxist/commonunist democraps that is any where in the world. Nazi Traitor George Soros, the money many and advisor for Onumnutts and all the way to States democrat office holders or canidates. Name one damn democrat that is not a Traitor to the USA and its citizens. They have for decades wanted USA to be another socialist country styled after any EU or Soveit country. Please explain where I’m wrong, Onumnutts and all his radical freaks still knock the USA abroad and in country. This includes former dem Prezs, Congressional pukes, and definately the State Dept. will trash USA, if anyone will listen to them.

  • chuckb

    get the u.s. out of the un, get the un out of the us. get our troops out of the muslim countries and get the muslims out of ours.

    • http://myown gloria lane

      I agree with chuckb 100%. T UN has been nothing but a group run and operated by Mulisms and all Mulism countries. All mulisms should be deported from the USA. They are RATS.

  • Ridge Runner

    There defently needs to be changes made in the world governments and we need to start with our own.We need to take a serious look at every thing that is going on.I was taught that the lord helps those that help them selfs.If they cant help them selfs then give them help.If they wan’t help them selfs then cut them loose and put them on their own.This should apply to foernign countrys as well.We can’t keep a big standing army for a police force for the world and give the world our money to live on.They are going to have to step up and pay the piper.If we are to do it then they need to pay us to do it for them. The world’s biggest problem is there is just too many dishonest and too many with no ethics or morals. If some thing doesn’t happen to change the people’s thoughts and their way they are living then the world is going to hell in a hand basket.Not all of the people are living this way but too many are.

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