French DM Urges Date for NATO Pullout From Afghanistan

With US Poised to Escalate, Are Allies Looking for a Way Out?

When NATO agrees on its latest strategy for the war in Afghanistan, French Defense Minister Herve Morin believes that they should set a specific timetable for its goals and for the “start of the withdrawal of alliance forces.”

Over seven years into the war, the international commitment seems open-ended, and with forces rapidly losing ground to the insurgency accomplishing any goals, let alone setting dates from them seems to be taking a back seat on most agendas to simply keeping the Taliban from reasserting control over most of the country.

But as the Obama Administration escalates the fight with a growing number of troops, patience in Europe for the never-ending conflict seems to be waning. Polls have shown growing public opposition to the war, and as governments try to placate a disgruntled electorate over the sagging world economy, the conflict may increasingly become something officials decide they can’t politically afford.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.