In a discussion of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his suggestions at a NATO meeting in Brussels that America’s European allies should be sharing more of the risks and costs of conflicts–or the U.S. might one day decide the burden-sharing arrangement was no longer in American interests–Fox News anchor Shepard Smith vented about the extraordinary number of commitments U.S. forces are already engaged in. “We’ve got Afghanistan, which seems to be war without end. We’ve got Iraq, which is clearly war without end. We have our third “not war” now in Libya, and we have our fourth not even yet war in Syria, yet we’re there,” Smith said, asking “isn’t there a time when you say ‘enough already, fight your own fight?'”
Smith’s guest, Kurt Volker, a former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, described Smith’s comments as a “misperception,” saying these are not “someone else’s fights.”
The two men did agree on the excessive costs–hundreds of millions of dollars–being committed to keeping U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, at a time when the U.S. is in deep economic trouble. Volker argued that Congress “weigh in on Libya” and be involved in decision-making and spending.
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