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Dutch ‘Allies’ Turn Tail From Afghanistan

From the Agence France-Pressee (AFP):

Dutch troops leave Afghanistan after four years

by Claire Truscott
August 1, 2010

KABUL (AFP) – Dutch troops ended their mission in Afghanistan Sunday after four "proud" years, in a departure experts say signals the beginning of a drawdown of foreign forces that will leave a worrying void

Troops held a "change of command" ceremony at the main military base in central Uruzgan province where most of the country’s 1,950 soldiers have been deployed, said a Dutch embassy official.

NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which had asked the Dutch to extend their mission by a year, paid tribute to the Netherlands’ contribution and said it would maintain its current capacity in the area…

NATO and the United States have close to 150,000 troops in the country, but a mounting death toll for foreign troops has piled political pressure on the United States and its allies as voters grow increasingly weary of the blood price of the war.

The death toll for US soldiers in July was an all-time high of 66. A total of 412 foreign troops have died in the Afghan war so far this year, according to an AFP tally based on that kept by the icasualties.org website

Naturally, our watchdog media relies upon the radical left America-hating, ICasualities organization for their figures. You can read about the people behind ICasualities here.

Switzerland is the only country to have withdrawn its force until now, bringing its two soldiers home from Afghanistan in March 2008, NATO said

What a disgrace the Swiss are, and for that matter, have always been.

In central Uruzgan province the Dutch forces’ focus has been less on combat operations, and more on their "3D" approach of defence, development and diplomacy, which has been held up as a benchmark for other missions. ..

In other words they were REMFs who let others do the real fighting.

But the Taliban remain very active in the province, where opium production is high, and the insurgents have welcomed the Dutch withdrawal, urging other countries to follow suit.

Canada is set to withdraw its entire force of 2,800 troops in Afghanistan next year, while Britain and the US have signalled [sic] that some troops will also leave in 2011 with an overall aim to end combat operations in 2014.

"This is the start. It’s a chain — the Dutch forces start to withdraw, followed by the Canadians, then the British by 2014. In the middle I think we will see a number of other NATO members… setting a timetable to leave," said Afghan political analyst Haroon Mir

Mr. Mir is right, of course. This is exactly why Mr. Obama and the rest of the Democrats demanded more foreign involvement in the war.

The Democrats always knew that our European ‘allies’ would be easily pressured into withdrawing before the war was won. And they hope that their retreat will force us to withdraw, as well.

This was always the plan.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, August 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Dutch ‘Allies’ Turn Tail From Afghanistan”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Switzerland deserves the Minarets the peaceful Muslims demand to erect on their soil.
    Two bankers was all they could afford. Some one must launder the millions of American dollars skimmed.

    All suits are REMFs and damn good liars!

  2. Warren says:

    This is what you get when politicians try to run a war.

  3. proreason says:

    “What a disgrace the Swiss are, and for that matter, have always been.”

    Exactly equivalent to any American who doesn’t speak out againt the marxists.

  4. P. Aaron says:

    It’s the Taliban in Afghanistan or Islamic settlers at home, you gotta take a stand somewhere.

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