–There is no such thing as a free ride to peace and security,” Dutch Defense Minister Eimert van Middelkoop said in a veiled dig at nations such as Germany, France, Italy and Spain that have refused to send significant numbers of troops to Afghanistan’s dangerous southern region.
I can see why several NATO nations are unwilling to do much to assist with the campaign in Iraq. I don’t agree, but I can understand. The general lack of interest in doing anything in Afghanistan continues to baffle me, however.
NATO commanders are hoping to double the number of training units in Afghanistan, but it’s slow going. They’re also hoping to get additional combat forces for the southern part of the country, but that going is even slower.