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NO WE CAN'T: Obama fails to win Nato troops for Afghanistan

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posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 06:58 PM
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NO WE CAN'T: Obama fails to win Nato troops for Afghanistan


www.timesonline.co.uk

Barack Obama made an impassioned plea to America’s allies to send more troops to Afghanistan, warning that failure to do so would leave Europe vulnerable to more terrorist atrocities.But though he continued to dazzle Europeans on his debut international tour, the Continent’s leaders turned their backs on the US President.

Gordon Brown was the only one to offer substantial help. He offered to send several hundred extra British soldiers to provide security during the August election, but even that fell short of the thousands of combat troops that the US was hoping to prise from the Prime Minister.

Just two other allies made firm offers of troops. Belgium offered to send 35 military trainers and Spain offered 12. Mr Obama’s host, Nicolas Sarkozy, refused his request.
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posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 06:58 PM
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I wish they would have said, No to the "New World Order" idea during that meeting, as well. It's obvious that foreign military-troops plan to remain in Afghanistan for the rest of the Afghans' lives. The occult-world government wants to dominate as many oppressed nations as they can find, no matter how many of "America's allies" disagree with Barry Soetoro & his masters.

www.timesonline.co.uk
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posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 07:15 PM
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Well this is definitely news to me. I heard on the news Fri. that Obama wasn't looking for more troops. He WAS looking for trainers and support people though.



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 07:25 PM
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Umm, France is sending an entire Foreign Legion infantry regiment - the 2nd REI and I think they more then qualify as combat forces.



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 07:28 PM
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That's odd because according to this article NATO is sending 5000 more troops. Spain is increasing their troops to over 1000 from the 778 that are already there. England is sending an additional 650. Nine nations are sending troops, including Germany, Poland and Italy.

www.guardian.co.uk...



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 07:49 PM
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Truth of the matter is that Gates even had trouble under Bush trying to get NATO allies to send more troops. Even Obama during the campaign said allies needed to send more troops. However, Gates realize that NATO allies aren't going to do it, so hey are asking allies to help out by sending civilians to help train and educate Afghans in key areas.


The secretary's emphasis on civilian help from NATO reflects the recognition in the U.S. government that the allies have provided just about all the troops they are willing to provide, currently about 32,000. Gates says he still wants more NATO troops for the elections in August, for which he says the commitment has been disappointing, but he says those may be short-term deployments.

"We really need additional help on the civilian side, there needs to be a strengthening on the civilian side, as we are strengthening on the military side. And frankly I think that it may be, I hope that it may be, easier for our allies to do that than significant troop increases, especially for the longer term," he said.


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U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday he would ask NATO allies this week for a short-term increase in troops for Afghanistan to provide security for elections due in August.

But Gates, speaking to reporters as he flew to a NATO Defence ministerial meeting in Poland, said the Obama administration would also seek longer-term NATO assistance for a range of civilian programs ranging from governance and development to police training and funding of the Afghan army.


uk.reuters.com...


With America's allies likely to rebuff requests to send more combat troops to Afghanistan, many Pentagon officials want President Barack Obama to alter U.S. policy and seek NATO help only in other areas such as police training and support for democratization, defense officials said.

Obama called for more NATO combat troops while he was campaigning for the presidency. But the officials said that NATO allies are unlikely to defy the majorities of their citizens who are opposed to deeper involvement in the war, and he'd squander political capital on an almost certainly futile bid to convince them otherwise.


www.mcclatchydc.com...

The extra troops allies are sending are short term for the election only.

[edit on 4-4-2009 by jam321]



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