Monday, April 26, 2004

EARTH TO NATO: Nicholas Burns, the United States' ambassador to NATO, and Gen. James Jones are joining the fray! Speaking to the other 26 NATO ambassadors sitting at the same table in Kabul, Burns told them that "[NATO] needs to go faster and accelerate its build-up of troops in Afghanistan." Damn right. NATO can and should commit more troops and resources. This especially holds true to countries like Spain and Turkey. Spain currently has only 125 peacekeepers in Kabul; it had about 2,000 soldiers in Iraq, until very recentely. See what I'm getting at here....?

Also note the shift from peacekeeping and goodwill to anti-terror tactics in Kabul. It seems like ISAF has its hands busy with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's minions. Speaking of minions, the BBC is reporting that the Pentagon has decided to build an airbase in Paktika province to battle al-Qaeda and Taliban.


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