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Bob Gates: Candidates' Grasp of National Security 'Would Embarrass a Middle Schooler'

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 05:24 PM

Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Robert Gates has criticized the plans Republican presidential candidates have put forth to deal with national security issues, The Guardian reports.
 
"The level of dialogue on national security issues would embarrass a middle schooler," Gates said during a Politico Playbook event in Washington on Monday. "People are out there making threats and promises that are totally unrealistic, totally unattainable. Either they really believe what they're saying or they're cynical and opportunistic and, in a way, you hope it's the latter, because God forbid they actually believe some of the things that they're saying."

Among suggestions from the campaign trail, The Guardian noted, are front-runner Donald Trump's suggestion of "closing parts of the Internet" to keep the Islamic State (ISIS) from recruiting, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's vow to "carpet bomb them into oblivion," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's plan to fly Air Force One over disputed Chinese islands and Carly Fiorina saying she had "a private meeting" with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they actually met in a green room during a conference.

Gates said in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" in May he wasn't impressed with the foreign policy experience of anyone considering running in his party.

Gates, who has served under eight presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama, would not comment on candidates specifically, but did joke, when pressed by interviewer Mike Allen, that if Trump wins, "Well, I live about 50 miles from Canada."

Gates continued, however, that in his 72 years he has seen many people run for president who instilled fear of disaster in some, and when they won it ended up not causing the end of the world.

"I'm not prepared to be overly dramatic and believe me, the comment I just made was very sarcastic and humorous, not meant seriously," Gates said.

"Somebody out there will write a story that I'm going to Canada. It's totally not true; I intend to remain within the United States."

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