Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who served in the Cabinets of both Barack Obama and George W. Bush, admitted that when it came to China, Trump was absolutely right. Evidently, Gates believes that a tough stance on China works better than kissing their butt. Gates is very critical of Joe Biden’s expertise on foreign relations matters. Gates was being interviewed for 60 Minutes. (A show it takes Joe Biden an hour and a half to watch)
“I think this is a place where President Trump got it right. He basically awakened Americans — and I would say, especially the business community — to a China that the assumptions about which we had gotten wrong.”
“The assumption for 40 years was that a richer China would be a freer China — and that’s clearly not going to happen.”
“But there’s another piece of this puzzle with China and that is the economic side. Chinese now manage something like three dozen major ports around the world. They are the biggest trading partner of more than half of South America. They are everywhere. And what are we doing in these non-military arenas to compete with the Chinese?”
In 2014 Gates said:
(Biden) “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” Gates told Cooper of Biden, “He opposed every one of Ronald Reagan’s military programs to contest the Soviet Union. He opposed the first Gulf War. That list goes on.”
Gates also said Biden made a “mistake” for how he facilitated the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, which resulted in the Taliban regaining power and a terrorist attack that killed 13 U.S. service members and 169 Afghan civilians.
The former defense secretary, however, conceded that Biden did agree with him on issues relating to Libya, China, and Russia. Gates also praised Biden for his recent submarine deal with Australia, which angered France.
If you remember, Joe Biden opposed Barack Obama’s decision to raid Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. Biden did agree with Obama on removing US troops from Iraq that allowed ISIS to conquer large chunks of Iraq and Syria. That turned out to be great practice for his pullout from Afghanistan.