Former Defence Secretary Gates worries about perception of US 'disengaging' from world affairs

The Associated Press
July 24, 2014 05:43 AM

FILE - In this June, 2011 file photo, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates points to a question during a media availability at the Pentagon in Washington. Gates says he's worried there's a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON - Former Defence Secretary Robert Gates says he is worried there's a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs.

Gates, who also once headed the CIA, says he recognizes the ocean-to-ocean diplomacy the Obama administration has been carrying out in the Mideast and Eastern Europe and other world hot spots like Africa.

Yet, he says, quote, "I think there is a perception around the world of the United States as disengaging."

Gates tells CBS News he thinks more focus needs to be given to longer-term, over short-term, solutions for world crises, with the aim of preventing a recurrence.

He attributes the impression of disengagement to the fact that the U.S. has ended, or is withdrawing from, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for which there is no clear American victory.


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