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AFP Calls Obama’s NATO Defeat A Victory

From his shamelessly mendacious lickspittle slaveys at the Agence France-Pressee:

NATO boosts Afghan troops, names leader

by Dave Clark Dave Clark – Sat Apr 4

STRASBOURG (AFP) – NATO leaders pledged thousands more troops for their Afghan mission Saturday and named the organisation’s next leader, as violent anti-war demonstrations raged outside the summit.

Britain, Spain and Italy said they would send hundreds of extra troops each to secure Afghanistan’s key August presidential election, adding up to what the White House said was a total of "up to 5,000" personnel.

The deal was a victory for new US President Barack Obama, who came to his first NATO summit to promote his new Afghan strategy and warn his allies that Europe would have to shoulder more of the war-fighting burden.

"I am pleased that our NATO allies pledged their strong and unanimous support for our new strategy," Obama told reporters.

France and Germany were not among the countries who made major new troop commitments, but Obama nevertheless praised President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chancellor Angela Merkel as the joint hosts of the 60th anniversary summit.

"This summit and this alliance have delivered," outgoing NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer told reporters at the end of the gathering in Strasbourg.

In addition to boosting coalition force numbers, he said, various member states have agreed to provide more training teams for Afghan forces and to set aside more funding for the Afghan army.

Several delegations disclosed late Saturday that at least 19 NATO nations stepped forward to offer extra equipment and personnel — both soldiers and civilian or military instructors — for the Afghanistan mission.

However, the numbers involved fall well short of the 21,000 extra US soldiers that Washington is beginning to put in Afghanistan, on top of the 38,000 Americans now there — and experts asked whether it would be enough to hold ground taken from Taliban insurgents.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Spain would send 450 troops, Britain’s Gordon Brown promised "hundreds" and Silvio Berlusconi said Italy’s contingent would increase to "around 3,000" from around 2,300 now.

At least half a dozen helicopters were pledged, along with three transport aircraft, medical teams and a field hospital. Belgium offered two F-16 fighters.

Regarding aid funding, more than 450 million euros (607 million dollars) was promised, officials said, including 200 million euros from Britain, nearly 130 million dollars from Spain by 2012, and 50 million euros from Germany.

The funds are mainly go to preparations for Afghan elections in August, development projects, training the Afghan national army as it grows to 134,000 troops by 2010, and promoting the rule of law…

Note the artful misrepresentation at work here:

Britain, Spain and Italy said they would send hundreds of extra troops each to secure Afghanistan’s key August presidential election, adding up to what the White House said was a total of "up to 5,000" personnel.

First we are told thousands of extra troops. But then immediately we are told it is really only “hundreds.”

Nevertheless we are told by the White House that these additional troops will add up to 5,000.

And yet when the AFP breaks down the numbers we get:

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Spain would send 450 troops, Britain’s Gordon Brown promised "hundreds" and Silvio Berlusconi said Italy’s contingent would increase to "around 3,000" from around 2,300 now.

By our calculations that is 450 + 100s + 700.

How does that add up to 5,000?

Moreover, as this and previous articles note, these ‘troops’ are only being sent to safeguard the August elections in Afghanistan.

They will be sent home immediately after. While the US had wanted troops sent for the duration.

Lastly, even the AFP has to note that these (bogus number of) 5,000 is a far cry from the 21,000 addition troops Mr. Obama had wanted from NATO.

But what the heck. The AFP were able to claim a victory for Mr. Obama in its headline.

And that is all that really matters.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “AFP Calls Obama’s NATO Defeat A Victory”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    And yet, I can easily get into an argument with a faithful reader of the press. “But it says right here”, they’ll say.

    These are the people who go to a car dealership and think they are expert hagglers. They also buy into all the sales pitches, false representation and wear NASCAR attire. Not that that’s inherently bad, pre se..but you have to be a sucker to pay 300 bucks for a jacket with your favorite car’s number on it while the ’88 Buick you have is falling apart and the kids need new clothes.

    I’m afraid that I have to side with liberal democrats in at least one area and that is where up to half of the population of this nation are drooling mouth-breathers.

    Unfortunately, many of them do not realize that they are. That they have been subconsciously swayed by a slick Budweiser ad with frogs in it. Or, that “They’re lovin’ it” down at McDonald’s.

    So it’s no great surprise to me why we have the government that we do. As has been said, with the press pandering to, indeed specifically targeting the ignorant and blatantly stupid, they have learned, perhaps by studying marketing techniques, that if you say something often and loud enough, the “general public” starts to believe it and then, pretty much just accepts it as fact.

    “Guns are bad”
    “Terrorists are people too”
    “Drug addiction is a disease”
    “murderers are “victims”
    “The government would never intentionally do something wrong (unless they’re republicans)”
    “Hope and change are good”
    “War is Peace”
    “Freedom is slavery”
    “Ignorance is strength”

    So the purveyors of permanently perpetual propaganda please the people and piss off the protectors of peace.

  2. proreason says:

    “the White House said was a total of “up to 5,000″ personnel. ”

    Actually, Steve, Pravda WH could have said “up to 100,000”, since even 1 is “up to” 100,000.

    The Moron’s slavvy’s rarely say something that cannot be parsed by an accomplished lawyer back to something with a faint resemblence to a factual statement.

    And besides, only simple-minded people without an ability to detect nuance expect plain facts.

  3. AuntieAM says:

    NBC News (dutifully repeated on our local news segment) is also reporting this to be a rousing success, using the 5k number also. Worse, they–and Geraldo on Fox last night–are also stating that Bush never had this much support from NATO. While I can’t come up with the numbers, I’m almost certain that cannot be true. I thought NATO had originally committed a hefty amount of troops in Afghanistan, although perhaps not in Iraq.But of course, the media has spoken, and their words are now the accepted truth for most Americans. How sad.

  4. pagar says:

    There are more than 70,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, mostly under Nato command. Pres Bush must have gotten some response to his request for NATO troops.

    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that 900 new troops would come from Britain, 600 from Germany and 600 from Spain. Italy and France were fresh committing forces, too, he added.

    The statements from Gibbs seem to be in direct contrast with what others ore saying.

    The most scary part of this whole BBC article to me is:

    Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country had agreed to drop its opposition to Mr Rasmussen’s candidacy after receiving unspecified “guarantees” from President Obama.

    I suspect those “guarantees” gave more that we got in return.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    It’s “new math”

    You can’t take three from two, two is less than three so you look at the four in the tens place make three tens, regroup and you change a ten to ten once.

    New math, Neeeew math. It won’t do you a bit of good to learn new math. It’s so simple…so plainly simple…that only Obama can do iiiiiiiit!

    (with sincerest apologies to Tom Lehrer)


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