Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Not Exactly Overwhelming Force ...

Just a statistic for those interested:

The United States has 12,000 troops committed to the NATO mission in Afghanistan (another 8000 are there continuing Operation Enduring Freedom). NATO's 25 other members plus 11 additional partners have come up with the grand total of an additional 20,000 troops. That works out to an average of 556 troops per country.

(This is from a bloc that has a population of at least 750 million people.)

A real gap between perception of the North Atlantic alliance as a juggernaut and what it actually is prepared to deliver.

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