It was the shot heard around the Alliance.
In a hard-hitting farewell speech delivered in Brussels just days before his retirement as US Secretary of Defense on July 1, 2011, Robert Gates offered a tough-love message to America’s NATO allies. He warned that future US policymakers, and the American public, would lose interest in the Alliance if Europe and Canada failed to make the investments and tough political choices needed to remain America’s ‘go-to partners’ for global challenges.
This May, leaders of the twenty-eight NATO allies will gather in Chicago for the first US-hosted NATO summit since 1999. The summit...