Punting

by Joshua Foust on 1/30/2008 · 1 comment

The blame game of sorts over who will provide the much-needed troop reinforcements in Afghanistan continues, with the U.S., Canada, and Germany all saying “don’t look at me, look at the rest of NATO.”

Frankly, this should be embarrassing for everyone involved: Not necessarily the Canadians, who are right to be frustrated that their commitment has gone unmatched by anyone save the British, but Bob Gates, and, to a far greater extent, Germany and the rest of NATO. Are a few hundred troops just too much to handle? Sheesh. Either behave like Afghanistan is an important mission worth doing and doing right, or fess up and admit you just don’t give a rat’s ass. Playing the game of caring really hard while refusing to do anything about it, well… how very European.


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Alanna February 1, 2008 at 11:58 pm

I’ve seen it argued that the Canadians actually planned this out in advance, that they knew the request would be met when they made it: http://farnwide.blogspot.com/2008/01/manleys-false-choice.html.
The evidence makes sense to me, and you can see why the Canadians might want to posture a little – they are Canada, after all.

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