NATO either cannot or will not send the troops to Afghanistan that they promised Obama that they would send. There is stiff opposition among the European governments to any increase in troop levels for this unpopular war. Simply stated, their citizens do not support the war. There is no surprise there.
Now, here is the question.
Why are European governments sensitive to the demands of their citizens on this issue of ‘soldiering up’ for an unwanted war and our government just simply plods along?
Why are we sending our sons and daughters, grandsons and grand daughers into harm’s way against the will of the majority of our people?
What is the lesson to be learned here?
The Washington Post article is entitled NATO struggling to fulfill commitments for more troops in Afghanistan .
Read between the lines. The article should be entitled “European governments teach American politicians about responsibilities to their constituents”.
Maybe Donald Rumsfeld was wrong. Maybe “Old Europe” has lessons to teach us after all!
CWO3 Tom Barnes, USCG (Ret.)