Originally posted by ChrisF231
But nope, Europe's idea of "help" is to just send some $$$, but put the brunt of the work on the U.S. military.
Agree with him or not he is 100% correct.
His statement is 100% bollocks, and he was rightfully picked apart for it.
Look at Afghanistan, ...
Germany 3000 (once the largest contributor), Italy 2000, Netherlands 2200 etc...
The big 5 EU nations all contribute more personnel to Peace keeping operations than the Americans - even Austria!
Iraq is a private hobby of USA and friends. It has no significance in this discussion.
etc time and again the vast majority of the troops are Americans. The French Army currently numbers about 134,000 yet less then 1,000 are in
Afghanistan and half of those are probably cops with rifles.
And? France didn´t send half their military to Afghanistan, so what? France has 38.000
troops deployed abroad, 14.000 of them in peace keeping operations, in countries the US military has never even heard of. They do enough.
Check out some of the other contributions to the ISAF; 30 guys from this country, 100 from that country and so forth. If your only going to
send us 30 guys then dont bother at all.
Meaningless numbers. 100 engineers sent by country A may be worth more for stability than 1000 infantrymen from country B. When you cross-check the
actual troop deployments with the overall population of said country or its overall military personnel, you will find that some nations do contribute
significantly more of their resources to Afghanistan than the USA.
Not that it matters though, all the nations do their part, none is really "better" than the other. But somehow its always the American members
making these dumbfounded accusations.