For those interested in the way world politicians are all liars and betrayers, this is for you.
During his presidential campaign François Hollande, the alleged Mr. Normal (wtf how bias this is) made of troops withdrawal in Afghanistan his
hobbyhorse. By the end of 2012 the 3400 french soldiers based over there were supposed to come back to their families. AND THAT'S WHY PART OF
FRENCHIES VOTED FOR HIM.
So I was really curious to see how would this guy react in front of Witch Merkel and Dumbobama.
Well actually the press is divided according to the country but over here, it's very clear.
As NATO has to seem united Mr. Hollande had to "smooth the angles" (not sure about this translation but that's actually what headlines say in french
Waw the picture says it all. How fake are these smiles.
Le président français a laissé entendre aux alliés que le retrait des troupes françaises ne se fera pas de manière trop soudaine. Des forces non
combattantes resteront en Afghanistan pour former l’armée locale.
French President implicitly told allies that a french troops withdrawal from Afghanistan wouldn't be too prompt. Non-fighting forces
will remain over there to train local army
(plenty of english sources if you want to dig more)
WTF "Allies" have been over there for 10 years and Afghans still can't fight? Seriously?
This is what I call a Foot-in-the-door. Now place to a "let's wait everyone turns to something else and make further calculations behind the scenes"
When asked how many soldiers will stay, an advisor of Hollande said "it's under evaluation
I translate "do you really think we're going out of this?"
1st step = Let's get back home people, vote HOLLANDE!
2nd step= Well voted people, part
of the troops will indeed come back
3d step(?** coming soon**)= Afghans need us to stay to implement democracy
Reminds me of the Yes we can good ol' times
edit on 21-5-2012 by CityFarmer because: (no reason given)