Monday, May 21, 2007
NATO: Burden-Sharing or Burdensome?
I have to say, reading the initial press accounts, it is not a particularly heartening conversation. This goes back to an earlier complaint of mine about NATO's seeming inability to mount overwhelming force and numbers.
Are we going to continue to expand the alliance so that we can can have, on net, 500 troops from each country as their "admission" to the game? If NATO truly were based on burden-sharing, shouldn't we have far more troops in Afghanistan than the small force currently present? Shouldn't the average be 2000 or 4000 troops per member, rather than it being a US-Canada-British mission with small "other" contingents?
Everyone wants to join when the "enemy" is a weak Russia who no one seriously thinks is going to be sending tanks against Warsaw Prague or Budapest anytime soon. But start talking about Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran and see how quickly the enthusasism dries up.
Intelligence, covert and special ops., diplomacy, and coordinated police actions are the only effective means to defeat an unseen, unconventional 4th generation warfare threat, - NOT LAND WARS, and the huge amount of support logistics and costs related to supporting those land wars.
The fascist warmongers, profiteers, and pathological liars in the Bush government are singularly focused on and entrenched in this ancient and fruitless waste of the peoples blood and treasure - because they singularly and exclusively PROFIT from these old world tactics and strategies.
19 jihadists, (15 of them Saudi's) defeated every office, agency, organization, and individual in the Bush government on 9/11 with box cutters and our airplanes.
The US spends half a trillion dollars a year on defense and another $44bn in blackworld ops combatting "evildoers" (excuse me while I laugh my ass off) using AK-47's, RPG's, and IED's.
The underlying math is hopelessly awry.
Few other nations are willing to join the fascists in the Bush government in wasting their peoples blood and treasure, for the singular and exclusive profits of the fascist warmongers, profiteers, and pathological liars in the Bush government in the costly bloody endless fruitless and doomed to FAIL old world invasion occupation strategies and tactics.
America is (with well justified reasons) alone in these impotent and fruitless endeavors.
And the performance of the Dutch in Bosnia doesn't inspire confidence.
And those Ukrainians who evacuated their positions in Iraq to insurgents wasn't a good omen either.
Also, the performance of the Dutch in Bosnia was due to their ROE, was it not? Not the quality of their soldiers?
Quality of soldiers versus quality of rules of engagement is an interesting distinction, but I don' t see them changing their ROE anytime soon, just as they haven't in Afghanistan.
It will be percieved as an imperialistic and thus will be resisted.
I also want to caution you against introducing NATO forces into Muslim areasof the world: it will become a religious war of Christians vs. Muslims.
The Iraq war is putting a burden--and rightly so. This is what forces the citizens and citizen volunteers to assess policies. Having mercenaries or non-citizens fight your wars simply gives a blank check to the executive.
So Germany is providing only a "small" contingent with 3000 troops?
I guess, more German soldiers have to die for a failed NATO strategy until their contribution will be acknowledged.
Regarding your suggestion of " 2000 or 4000 troops per member": Yeah, absolutely, tiny Austria and Denmark should provide the same number of troops as the Brits, French and Americans.
More on the number of troops:
What you fail to see is that some countries have major caveats, i.e. their troops cannot work effectively. This is more important than the number of troops.