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February 20, 2009


Telegraph, UK - Washington had hoped to persuade European allies to contribute more in the wake of the President Barack Obama's election and the announcement this week of the deployment of 17,00 extra American soldiers.

American defense secretary Robert Gates condemned their failure to do so far as "disappointing" with European states promising to deploy no more than just a few hundred extra troops.

Speaking before a meeting of NATO defense ministers in the Polish city of Krakow, Mr Gates said member states must send reinforcements in preparation for the Afghan presidential elections in August. . .

With public opposition to the Afghan war hardening across Europe, and disquiet in many European capitals over a command structure in Afghanistan that keeps the vast bulk of the 55,000-strong American force separate from NATO, few expect any member to commit significant additional forces.


Blogger m said...

It is not just the war on Afghanistan, as bad as that is. But also the continuing invocation of the States Secret Privilege to prevent civil litigation on rendition and torture issues that are already public. The refusal to investigate or prosecute criminality in the Bush43 administration. The continuation of rendition and torture. Wiretapping. Lobbyists had copies of the bailout before the Congress, presumably because lobbyists wrote the bailout. And more.

Obama has earned the appellation Bush44, and its only a month into his occupancy of the White House.

The only reason the

February 21, 2009 10:30 AM  

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