(Updated) Afghanistan: Does Anyone Else Detect a Trend?
What the hell is going on with European countries who pay lip service to the notion of fighting the War on Terror in its bread basket — Afghanistan and the border with Pakistan — but won’t provide more troops and other resources?
The war in Iraq is the wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time. The war in Afghanistan is the right war at the right place at the right time, but the U.S.’s erstwhile European allies have cold feet. So cold in Rome that there is a real chance that Italy’s paltry 1,800 troops may be withdrawn.
Meanwhile, the Strategy Page says that the Taliban are vulnerable. Although it does not say so directly, it makes the case for piling on in Afghanistan, not starving the NATO mission as those European governments seem determined to do.