Robert Gates against sending US land army to Middle East & Africa

Discussion in 'Syria, Mali, Libya, Middle East & North Africa' started by TheIronDuke, Mar 1, 2011.

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  1. TheIronDuke

    TheIronDuke LE Book Reviewer

    With Call-Me-Dave about to launch us into Libya, at the very least by committing Brit aircraft to policing a No-Fly Zone and if some commentators are to be believed, by sending in troops, Robert Gates take on the situation is clear.

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, speaking at West Point, said last week that “Any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should have his head examined.”

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    It is a long piece, but the first and last paras are interesting - Gates saying US would be mad to go to war in Middle East or Africa, then opinion that Diplomacy is the way forward.