America’s head of European Command Admiral James Stavridis today told the Senate that NATO was failing to live up to its pledges for providing more trainers for the Afghan security forces.
“It is absolutely correct to say that NATO has fallen short in providing these vital trainers, Stavridis said, adding that NATO nations had promised 1,278 trainers but had provided less than half, only 541.
The announcement is somewhat surprising, as some NATO member nations had been keen to replace their combat commitments in whole or in part with trainers, seen as a much safer job. Still, it seems they are reluctant to actually come through with the trainers.
President Obama’s new strategy for December, as with his new strategy from last March and President Bush’s new strategy in late 2008, called for massive increases in the size of the Afghan military, but as the Karzai government struggles to bring a significant portion of its population into the poorly paid, poorly equipped military, a shortage of trainings is actually further hamstringing a military that is struggling not only to grow, but to replace the large number of disillusioned recruits who leave in short order.
5 thoughts on “US Admiral: NATO Not Living Up to Afghan Training Pledges”
NATO is pretty much useless as an alliance now. Maybe even America will recognize this.
The FedGov needs auxiliary forces to absorb casualties and do the boring garrison work. Both NATO and the Afghan puppet forces fulfill this role, and therefore will always be needed. The FedGov's imperial paradigm is founded on this fact.
If Germans would have a "Democracy" , there wouldn't be any troups in Afghanistan supporting the US war of aggression! (Agression because there was never a need to defend the USA against Iraq or Afghanistan!) And there would'nt be any NATO membership of Germany.
If the US wants to be the only Superpower they should do it on their own and pay for it!
Germans have NO interest in supporting the USA to rule the world in their own sick fashion!!
US troups leave Germany!!
I'm waiting for the day Germany gives the US military a firm "Raus!" and a kick in the ass to move them along. The French did it back in the '60s.
"US Admiral: NATO Not Living Up to Afghan Training Pledges" That's great news!
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