Friday, June 10, 2011

NATO the wimp

The mightiest military alliance in history [NATO] is only eleven weeks into an operation against a poorly armed regime in a sparsely populated country [Libya] — yet many allies are beginning to run short of munitions, requiring the U.S., once more, to make up the difference. ...

Frankly, many of those allies sitting on the sidelines do so not because they do not want to participate, but simply because they can’t. The military capabilities simply aren’t there. ...

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.
--U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Pax Americana

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