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America is Left Holding the Afghanistan War Bag

Updated on December 4, 2009

NATO countries pledge bits of troops

 Why is it America is always left holding the bag in times of war? NATO wants our protection and military might when one of them becomes involved in a war, yet, when the US enters into a war that they benefit from, they provide nothing but token troops.

This happened in Vietnam. Now, in Afghanistan America is upping the ante with another 30,000 troops, making it a total of 100,000 by next year (by the way, President Johnson did exactly the same thing in the Vietnam war after listening to his advisers. The Soviets did this also in the 80's in Afghanistan also).

What does NATO contribute?

  1. Albania-85 (250)
  2. Czech - 480 (480)
  3. France - 0 (3100)
  4. Georgia - 1000 (1)
  5. Italy - 1000 (2800)
  6. Montenegro - 40 (0)
  7. Poland - 600 (1910)
  8. Macedonia - 80 (165)
  9. Slovakia - 250 (245)
  10. South Korea - 500 (0)
  11. Spain - 200 (1000)
  12. UK - 1200 (9000)
  13. Germany (4500)

Amusing, huh? Talk about driblets of troops. The number in ( ) are those present now. When compared to 100,000 US troops, obviously it is an American war for the benefit of the world. Out blood and expense. Consider it a donation to goodwill. Germany is at odds because of the mishap that killed 20 innocent afghans involving their troops.

Of the NATO countries, only the UK really has stepped up the plate in my opinion. It is in that country where the anti-war protests are the biggest. Both France,  Germany and Spain should each contribute 10,000, after all, they know al-Qaeda, too.LOL.

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    • AdsenseStrategies profile image

      AdsenseStrategies 

      8 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com

      Absolutely. Vietnam was a great, great tragedy for all concerned.

      I don't see how fighting a war in Central Asia is going to stop someone from Manchester, or New Haven, walking into a cafe and blowing himself up. In fact, killing these guys is no solution, because it only makes them martyrs (In fact aren't we the same: who are our heros -- the fallen who have died in combat against an enemy), so if anything, killing these guys will make them *more* powerful; huge waste of money -- and of course, life...

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      8 years ago

      Combating terrorism is the most difficult to fight, I am sure the generals are all pulling out their hair and recalling the Vietnam war mistakes etc.

    • AdsenseStrategies profile image

      AdsenseStrategies 

      8 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com

      Indeed. I personally think there are much better ways to combat terrorism -- I mean, who's to say that these people can't just slip off and head somewhere else -- it's a big, big world... I wonder if the whole thing, all along, has not just been an exercise in "being seen to do something about the problem."

      Best wishes

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      8 years ago

      all matter of opinion and perspective, just like, the war itself

    • AdsenseStrategies profile image

      AdsenseStrategies 

      8 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com

      It is offensive to describe 9000 British troops who are putting themselves in harm's way as "driblets." As to the other countries, with the exception of Spain NONE of these countries has ever been a target of terrorism, so it is noble of them to be there at all, purely in the capacity of helping an ally, the US...

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