Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who served in numerous capacities underneath 5 Republican presidents, mentioned Sunday that the GOP is unrecognizable right this moment and taking part in a “very dangerous” political recreation.
And that provides him “serious concerns about the future,” he revealed on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Gates slammed Republican lawmakers’ complaints that the presidential election was rigged as nothing greater than “political gaming rather than a real conviction that the election was stolen.” How that “manifests itself in the next election I think is going to be a challenge,” he advised host John Dickerson. “It’s very dangerous.”
“I’ve … worked for eight presidents; five of them were Republicans,” he mentioned. “I don’t think any of them would recognize the Republican Party today … the values and the principles that the Republican Party stood for under those five presidents are hard to find these days.”
He known as Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) “courageous” for standing up towards her fellow Republicans’ baseless claims of a rigged election. “She’s a person of real integrity,” Gates mentioned. “Internal politics on the Hill is another matter.”
Gates was protection secretary for each George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He was CIA director underneath George H.W. Bush, CIA deputy director for Ronald Reagan, and served on the National Security Council underneath Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon.
Gates mentioned he’s involved in regards to the conflicts over the election outcomes and the Capitol riot. But he additionally fears the “racism that we see in our society” and the political “paralysis” gripping the nation making it unimaginable to evolve. It’s time to “actually get some things done in Washington that we hadn’t been able to get done for a long time,” Gates mentioned.
“We’re a flawed country, we’ve always had flaws,” he conceded. “But we’re unique in that we’re the only country that actually talks about those flaws and actually works to try and fix them. We are an aspirational country, and we’ve kind of lost that message, it seems to me,” Gates added.
Gates additionally addressed the present battle between the Israeli authorities and the Palestinians. Despite Donald Trump’s repeated boast that his administration had achieved peace within the Middle East, Gates mentioned he believes there’s “very little prospect of a peace between” the Israelis and the Palestinians at this level.
He mentioned President Joe Biden’s low-key strategy to the present battle as a substitute of being “front and center” was “probably not a bad thing.”
Gates added: “When the United States is out in front, it automatically creates lots of antibodies in a lot of different places. But if the U.S. is playing a constructive role behind the scenes, often it can be much more effective.”
Though Gates has criticized Biden up to now, he mentioned he’s “encouraged” by how he’s dealing with the presidency.
Check out the total interview within the video up high. Gates addresses Israel initially. He talks in regards to the Republican Party starting at 26:30.
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