It looks like it might have. Even as popular opinion has begun to sour on the war both at home and abroad, NATO is going to answer the President’s call for escalation and pony up some more troops.
Responding to American entreaties for more soldiers in Afghanistan, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO secretary general, announced Friday that the alliance had agreed to contribute a further 7,000 “new forces” to the coalition there following Washington’s decision to commit some 30,000 American reinforcements.
Where will the troops come from? It’s still a bit vague, but we have some early indicators.
Britain has already pledged 500 more soldiers, while Italy, Poland, Georgia and Slovakia are sending new deployments, from a few dozen to 1,000 — bringing the total NATO commitment of additional forces to as many as 8,000 troops, according to a senior diplomat at NATO headquarters here.
As he announced an additional 7,000 more NATO troops, Mr. Rasmussen said there would be “more to come” but did not say when or which nations would contribute.
So if the Poles and some of our Eastern European friends are really ticked off about Obama opting to drop a land based missile defense in favor of a more flexible, sea based strategy, they don’t seem to be showing it. But curiously missing from the list… Canada. Did we anger the Canadians enough by snubbing them on the big Afghanistan meeting (we sent Joe Biden… sheesh) that they may want to send some signals of their discontent? Too soon to say.