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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

NATO: Good for nothing

NATO continues its downward spiral into UN-like irrelevance. Apparently the same European nations who say they would've pledged support for the Iraq war if only it had followed certain preconditions like it had in Afghanistan can't even scrape up the troops to support that particular obligation. The generals have been asking for more men, only to be ignored. And Afghanistan is supposed to be the popular war.
Some members of the alliance complain that others are not contributing enough soldiers or equipment, leaving a handful of countries shouldering most of the burden for a high-stakes mission that is becoming increasingly treacherous.
"Some" -- or as I like to call them, the "United States and Britain."

It seems like the Canadians are sending in more troops, but there's no telling how long that'll last given their political environment. Alas, it remains to be seen if they'll actually enter the combat zones -- the Canadians have been good in the past, but the "Spanish flu" has been sweeping through our allies in Afghanistan, with increasing numbers demanding their troops be placed out of harm's way -- which is the only place worth having them during a war.

Conservatives were criticized as embracing "reckless unilateralism," yet the liberal infatuation with multilateralism has proven to bear no fruit. Most of the time, these so-called allies like France and Russia only attempt to undercut the United States and when they nations like them do come on board what little they contribute in support isn't enough to justify the hassle went into getting it.

It's not even that NATO is too weak. As much as the United States military outstrips them, NATO's ranks still tower above the ragtag bands roaming through Afghanistan. Even Denmark or Poland would have no trouble. It's not even about that; it's simply a lack of national will to help.

If your war allies aren't there for you while you're fighting a war, what's the point?

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