June 4 (Reuters) – The Pentagon is prepared to help in any way to stop the BP oil spill in the Gulf but has no expertise to do so, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Friday.
“The truth of the matter is we don’t have any expertise in this area,” Gates told reporters on the sidelines of a security conference in Singapore.
“We have offered to provide planners with the Coast Guard. We have authorized the mobilization of the National Guard in the four states. Anything, any capabilities that we have, that will help, we are fully prepared to commit to this endeavor.”
“But the truth is… we don’t have any specialized capabilities,” Gates said. (Reporting by Adam Entous; Editing by Alan Elsner)