Afghanistan in Trouble

31.01.08

Categorie: Afghanistan, Alliances |

590413991_f465d81739_m “Afghanistan risks sliding into a failed state and becoming the “forgotten war” because of deteriorating international support and a growing violent insurgency, according to an independent study:”

The assessment, co-chaired by retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones and former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering, serves as a warning to the Bush administration at a time military and congressional officials are debating how best to juggle stretched warfighting resources.

This at a time when Canada — one of the ass-kickingest members of the Afghanistan coalition — is threatening to pull out its troops if other NATO members don’t pony up more soldiers, choppers and cash. Such a move by Canada could undermine NATO’s relevance in a post-Soviet world, some say. The U.S. is promising a few thousand extra Marines, but as The Netherlands proved this summer, a battalion-sized commitment and a handful of deaths are all that many NATO nations will tolerate.

And Germany? Don’t get me started on Germany …

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5 Responses to “Afghanistan in Trouble”

  1. Foreign.Boy says:

    One of the reasons why the war is so unpopular in canada (other than casualties of course) is the lack of NATO support. I think most canadian support the mission but do oppose the fact that its most 3 (or 4 the dutch?) are doing the heavy lifting. A lot of Canadians also feel that we’re just standing in for the Americans that went to Iraq

  2. Foreign.Boy says:

    I forgot to note… that 2009 is the deadline for withdrawal… there is a chance that the next government might stay in Afghanistan (which could be the current government).

  3. b says:

    ok – six years of U.S. intervention and Afghanistan is worse off than it was before.

    An about ten fold troop increase and last year more dead by foreign bombs than by the Taliban (in reality – conservatve Pashtun tribes) Nobody “liberated”, the women off worse, the country in caos and opium production, down under Talib regime, again in full growth.

    Now tell me what get’s you started on the Germans who argued and still do a different strategy than the usual U.S. Shock and Awe – kill and ask later – program.

  4. Speers says:

    were losing our hope on the war. It seems as if NATO has given up on us, were slowly realizing that, and the rest of the troops can deal with the outcome when canada packs up and leaves next year.

  5. saghar says:

    i m not sure about it i guess afghanistan is ok now!!

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