WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he worries there is a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs.
Gates also once headed the CIA. He says he recognizes the ocean-to-ocean diplomacy the Obama administration has been carrying out in the Mideast and Eastern Europe and other world hot spots like Africa.
Yet he says, quote, "I think there is a perception around the world of the United States as disengaging."
Gates tells CBS News he thinks more focus needs to be given to longer-term, over short-term, solutions for world crises, with the aim of preventing a recurrence.
He attributes the impression of disengagement to the fact that the U.S. has ended or is withdrawing from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in which there is no clear American victory.