In an op-ed, Robert Gates, former defence secretary to both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, has outlined his views on how the next US administration has to handle policies with NATO allies and also laid out a plan for a “whole of government” approach to confronting China.
Robert Gates, who served as defence secretary under both former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama from 2006 to 2011, made his calls in a column for Saturday’s New York Times.
How to Treat Allies
He welcomed his former government colleague Biden’s pledges to re-engage with US “friends and allies” as well as international organisations like NATO, while making greater use of “nonmilitary instruments of power”.
But Gates said Biden should continue President Donald Trump’s confrontations with NATO allies’ defence budgets, the construction of a gas pipeline from Russia, and Turkey’s purchase of state-of-the-art surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) from Moscow.
“Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system against repeated American warnings must have costs”, Gates wrote. “And Ankara must also be held to account for its actions in Libya, the eastern Mediterranean and Syria that contravene the interests of other NATO allies and complicate efforts to achieve peace”.
Gates directed the US military…