“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. A, 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 …