Gates admits militarization of US foreign policy

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From Associated Press in the USA:

Gates warns of militarization of US foreign policy

Publication date: 2008-07-16


WASHINGTON – The U.S. military’s growing role in rebuilding war-battered nations has fueled concerns about a “creeping militarization” of American foreign policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday.

Some analysts might interpret this speech by Gates as covert criticism of more hardline people in the Bush administration like Dick Cheney, aiming at war with Iran (for which Mr Gates is said to be not really enthusiastic).

However, there is another side to this. I have news for Mr Gates. This “creeping militarization” of US policy is not something to be afraid of later, in the future. It is something from the present, and from the past. Militarization was already creeping during the days of Gates’ predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld. It was already creeping in the 1980s, Rumsfeld’s time in the Reagan administration.

And it has continued to creep further on since you took over from Rumsfeld, Mr Gates. You were in the Iraq Study Group, which for reasons of its own denounced George W. Bush’s war in Iraq. After you took over, George W. Bush treated you with a degree of respect usually accorded to doormats; as he flushed the recommendations of your Iraq Study Group down the White House toilet. And, instead, followed the hardliners’ “surge” plan. Which, of course, led to more catastrophes in Iraq (whatever propagandist ideologists may say).

With plans for war on Iran said to be close to execution, Mr Gates, will you allow yourself to be used as a doormat once again? Or will you stand up to the American Enterprise Institute, to Bush and Cheney, to Halliburton, Exxon, and the arms and mercenaries‘ lobbies?

Associated Press continues:

He [Gates] added that the increased involvement of the military in jobs that historically were done by civilian agencies has led to concerns of “a creeping militarization of some aspects of America’s foreign policy.”

There is, of course, another side to this. Many jobs historically done by soldiers or Pentagon civilians have been privatized, and are now done by civilians, or rather: mercenaries, like Blackwater (costing taxpayers a lot more money).

“We cannot kill or capture our way to victory,” Gates said …

Why, then, continue Rumsfeld‘s catastrophic “killing and capturing” policies?

Gates was speaking at a dinner of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, a coalition of businesses, non-governmental organizations and community leaders that support international affairs programs.

US sends senior diplomat to nuclear talks with Iran: here.

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