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Europe Balks at Sending More Troops to Afghanistan

Posted on Nov 3, 2009
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A U.S. Navy corpsman patrols an abandoned bazaar in Little Jugroom, Helmand province, Afghanistan, in September.

As President Barack Obama considers whether to send more American forces to fight in Afghanistan, it’s looking as if European countries are unlikely to commit more of their own troops to the cause, according to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.  —KA

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“Honestly in Europe there is not great enthusiasm for sending more troops to Afghanistan. That is the public opinion situation in Europe,” European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in Washington.

Barroso said he would discuss the need for a comprehensive strategy in Afghanistan that focused on improving governance and increasing training of Afghan security forces when he met Obama later on Tuesday.

He emphasized that the European Union was already one of the biggest contributors of civilian aid to Afghanistan, sending about 1 billion euros ($1.48 billion) annually.

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By Folktruther, November 3, 2009 at 3:35 pm Link to this comment

I agree, Ed.  It is to the interests of the American people that American power fails in the Afpak war, a defeat for American imperialism.  In leftist circles this is called ‘defeatism’ and was the socialist view in WW 1 until the German Social Democrats betrayed the German people.

The opposition of Europeans to this Afpak war is similar to Amerian opposition and these anti-war movments should unite to withdraw Nato troops.  And to help destroy Nato.

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By purplewolf, November 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment

After 8 years and starting the 9th in Afghanistan, as with Iraq,if we have not be able to teach these people to become “security forces” it isn’t ever going to happen. These people have fought against each other since time began and will continue to do so long after we leave, if we ever do. Let’s get out of their way and let them destroy themselves as they see fit without the outside interference from it’s nosy neighbors in other countries.

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By Jolimont, November 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment

I certainly hope no more troops of any sort are sent
there. They don’t want us, they don’t like us, they
want to keep living in the middle ages, my best wishes
to them on that.

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By RootJensen, November 3, 2009 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment

I wish our British troops would stop the bull####,
there is a belief that we are still in world war 2!
I do not support our army at all, ‘our boys in the
field’, they signed up to fight of their own choice,
signed their life to the country, you loose it, sorry
it’s your job. Back in the world wars there was no
choice but to fight or get punished, people don’t
seem to realise ‘our boys’ are doing for the money or
training because they cannot face university. Most
are the drop outs from school and the recession is a
part ploy to hire yet more troops, ‘no jobs? join the
Just look at British armed forces recruitment,
totally hedonistic.
I hope we get our backsides kicked and beaten badly
as America’s little sidekick.
I am also very happy that most of Europe don’t agree
with Tony Blair’s possible presidency.

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By Ed Harges, November 3, 2009 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment

No additional troops, eh? Well, I’ll get excited when the Europeans start bringing
home the troops that are already there. The US needs to be slapped down hard, if
it is ever to come to its senses.

So then, do I want the US to “fail” in Afghanistan?

Yes I do. It is a good thing when an evil enterprise fails, no matter who
undertakes it.

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