10 June 2011 Last updated at 12:08 ET
It is one of the joys of leaving a job and an organisation: You can turn around and tell it like it is, giving harsh messages to friends and foes alike - it's especially effective if you are leaving on a high.
The outgoing US Defence Secretary Robert Gates is in that privileged position, and he's let rip about some of America's allies in Nato.
This is a critically important speech. It's no temper tantrum, and it is not, in any sense, a parting shot at his own administration.
Indeed it is the Obama doctrine, President Barack Obama's message to Europe, stripped of diplomatic niceties and soft words.
Mr Obama went to Europe, in part to deliver the message that the continent must take more responsibility for the rest of the world.
I am not quite sure it got through on his recent trip to the UK. He said that the transatlantic alliance, ensuring free
In: World News
Tags: nato, robert gates, middle east, obama
Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States (load item map)
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