Former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates criticizes Obama’s Syria policy.
Although the former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates is certainly anything else than an innocent lamb, his recent remarks at a forum in Dallas about the war policy by US President Barack Obama against the Syrian government are indeed smarter than the most statements by many current members of the U.S. administration in Washington.
The former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates said at this forum in Dallas for example, that any US-led military strike against Syria would be like throwing a gasoline on an extremely complex fire in the Middle East and this comparison by Robert Gates is certainly valid and understandable.
Not to mention that any military action against Damascus would only increase the violence in the Arab country as well as the suffering of the Syrian people. Such a US-led military strike against Syria would also have dire consequences for the entire region of the Middle East and even boost the terrorism.
The former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates held his speech at this forum in Dallas yesterday and it is to hope that there is a video of his speech on YouTube. Gates also pointed out in his speech from yesterday that the last US-led military interventions (in principle wars of aggression) in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya already showed that such military actions can lead to unintended consequences.
The former US Secretary of Defence also rejected the idea of attacking the Syrian nation in order to enforce the “red line” by U.S. President Barack Obama. Robert Gates dismissed attacking Syria in order to enforce Obamas “red line” against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. Gates said that he believes “I believe to blow a bunch of stuff up over a couple of days to underscore or validate a point or principle is not a strategy.”
As stated, Robert Gates is himself no innocent lamb and it is probably the situation that such statements are now easier for him than when was the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) under George H.W. Bush. So or so, the statements are valid, but the former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates deserves no honour for it, he has himself already much to answer for.
Gates, who was also the chief of the Pentagon under Barack Obama and also under the former U.S. President George W. Bush, added in his speech at the forum in Dallas that the most recent presidents of the United States have become “too quick to reach for a gun to solve an international problem.” It is too mention, that Robert Gates was among the groups that were responsible for some of such events and some would designate these events as crimes.
The former US Secretary of Defence also hinted that the U.S. administration of President Obama sends arms to “selected” terrorist groups in Syria and that Washington should in principle push for Bashar al-Assad to be labelled a war criminal, for warrants to be issued for his arrest and for a seizure of his family’s assets abroad.
His speech in Dallas was a kind of self-adulation after his official time at the Pentagon. This is probably simply the way these former politicians and power holders act when they retire.