Thursday, February 15, 2007

Focus may be on Iran/Iraq but in Afghanistan...

There has been quite a bit of media attention to Iran and the continuing issues in Iraq yet in Afghanistan things are far from stable. Recently more US troops had to be diverted to Afghanistan and it appears that some of the NATO countries who did agree to provide assistance are not following through. In reading this CNN article, it's pretty clear:

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos, D-Californina, said on Capitol Hill that allies in Europe and the Gulf must step up.

"It is simply unacceptable that NATO commanders are left to beg for troops from countries like Germany, France, Italy, and Spain," he said. "It is an outrage that only troops from the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark and the United Kingdom are deployed to the most hazardous spots. ... No longer should this administration stand passively by while our so-called allies take advantage of American generosity and courage."


While people can debate the whole issue of should the war in Iraq had taken place and what should be done with Iran, the problems in Afghanistan existed prior to going to war with Iraq and even if it can be said that Afghanistan would be in a better position had the war with Iraq not taken place, the NATO countries that agreed to support the forced changes in Afghanistan should step up. It's in their best interest too...

1 comment:

Hooda Thunkit said...

Lisa,

Nah, it's quite comfortable, hiding behind the "skirts" of the Americans...

Cluck, cluck, cluck. . .