The Charge of the Light Brigade
Posted on Nov 30, 2009
Perhaps inspired by reports that President Obama plans to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, Gordon Brown said Monday that Great Britain would deploy an additional 500 soldiers to the region.
We’ve come to expect these sorts of proportions as American presidents have dressed their wars in the costume of multinational cooperation—not to diminish the efforts of the two troops deployed by Iceland to Iraq or the 40 Estonians in George W. Bush’s coalition of the willing.
The NATO effort in Afghanistan, now Obama’s war, is made up mostly of Americans—nearly seven of every 10 soldiers.
That disparity will only grow if America sends 60 times as many reinforcements as its allies. —PZS
The moves come as British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he would send 500 more soldiers to the country.
According to US media reports, Mr Obama is set to formally announce that a further 30,000 troops are to be sent to Afghanistan in a televised address on Tuesday.
U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Marie Brown