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AP/NATO Give Obama Cover On Troops

From a short term memory deficient Associated Press:

Participants of the Informal Meeting of NATO Defense Ministers pose for a photo after its last session in Bratislava October 23, 2009.

NATO members: no more troops to Afghanistan now


BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — NATO members the Netherlands and Denmark said Friday they will not send more troops to Afghanistan unless its Nov. 7 presidential runoff creates a legitimate government and until President Barack Obama decides on a new strategy.

Dutch Defense Minister Eimert Van Middelkoop said his country, with 2,160 troops in Afghanistan, is awaiting the final election results "because the legitimacy of the Afghan government is key," as well as a decision by the Obama administration.

"I think most countries are waiting for the American decisions," van Middelkoop said at a meeting in Bratislava of the defense ministers of the 28 NATO countries

Danish Defense Minister Soeren Gade said allies won’t increase troop levels until they are assured the new government in Kabul is committed to the international effort.

"I think whoever is going to send more troops to Afghanistan will put up some conditions," said Gade, whose country has 690 soldiers in Afghanistan.

"They need to see the new Afghan president and say: ‘If we send more troops to your country, you have to deal with this, this and this.’ We have to make sure the new government in Afghanistan are committed to their job before we send any more troops to Afghanistan." …

Are we not supposed to remember that NATO adamantly refused to provide any more troops to Afghanistan back in April, when Mr. Obama went begging to them?

Here is one of the articles we posted on the subject, from the UK’s Times:

Barack Obama fails to win Nato troops he wants for Afghanistan

Michael Evans and David Charter in Strasbourg

April 4, 2009

Barack Obama made an impassioned plea to America’s allies to send more troops to Afghanistan, warning that failure to do so would leave Europe vulnerable to more terrorist atrocities.

But though he continued to dazzle Europeans on his debut international tour, the Continent’s leaders turned their backs on the US President.

Gordon Brown was the only one to offer substantial help. He offered to send several hundred extra British soldiers to provide security during the August election, but even that fell short of the thousands of combat troops that the US was hoping to prise from the Prime Minister…

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the Nato Secretary-General, warned that new laws proposed by President Karzai in Afghanistan sanctioning child marriage and marital rape had made it harder to raise more soldiers.

“We are there to defend universal values and when I see, at the moment, a law threatening to come into effect which fundamentally violates women’s rights and human rights, that worries me,” he said

(Note that back in April NATO’s ludicrous excuse was that Afghanistan might pass the ‘child marriage’ and ‘marital rape’ laws.)

No, today’s Associated Press story has no other purpose than to provide ‘cover’ to Mr. Obama’s continued dithering.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 23rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “AP/NATO Give Obama Cover On Troops”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Words are one thing …… actions are another. So far, NATO, like dingle”Barry”, has produced lip service and nothing substantial !!

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    And yet, the same article indicated that Gates was “given confidence” that more troops are likely from NATO nations. (See my posting in the News Selected section.

    I’m really confused. Pro? Steve? Bueller? Anyone? Anyone?

    • proreason says:

      It just depends on the audience they are lying to at the moment.

      Since the msm is a stenographer pool, and since still 70-some % of the country gets it’s news exclusively from the hollow-cheeked msm or the comedy shows that are extensions of the msm, they know they can say diametrically opposed things to different groups with impunity.

      There are thousands of examples of it.

      We smirk because it is so transparent, but from their perspective, the narrow portion of the country that pays attention is lost to them anyway.

      And as you know, the small percentage of liberals who pay attention and/or have the reasoning capacity to see what is going on, actually value the lying. They think it’s a good thing.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      So as long as my compass comes from the same place as the Nobel Prize judge’s, then I’m ok. Yes? Or, at least as long as I’ve got an iron bar in my pocket, it will always point in the same direction. (Old Russian expression, the iron bar)

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “Is that a iron bar in your pocket or are you glad ………….”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      An old Mae West expression.

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