Gates Says NATO Alliance in Danger of Breaking

Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011 07:30 AM

 

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WASHINGTON  — When Defense Secretary Robert Gates worries about "aging out," he's not referring to his imminent retirement.

He's talking about a generational expiration date on America's embrace of Europe as a pillar of its defense strategy. Younger Americans feel less of a bond with NATO, which was created after World War II.

Gates made a splash with a scathing speech last week in Brussels in which he said NATO faces a "dim, if not dismal" future. He was not disowning NATO but warning that a gradual fraying of trans-Atlantic ties could eventually break the bond.

In an Associated Press interview this week he called it a "troubled marriage."

Gates retires June 30. His designated successor at the Pentagon, Leon Panetta, has been less explicit about his views on NATO's future.

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