Thursday, July 12, 2018

NATO Summit Turns To Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Poland's President Andrzej Duda, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, U.S. President Donald Trump, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban pose for a group photo in the park of the Cinquantenaire, during a NATO Summit, in central Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Reuters: After Trump's spending demands, NATO summit turns to Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO leaders will try on Thursday to move beyond U.S. President Donald Trump’s demands for higher defense spending, and focus on ending the long war in Afghanistan, in the second day of a summit in Brussels underscored by transatlantic tensions.

On a trip that will also take Trump to Britain and to Helsinki to meet Russia’s Vladimir Putin, the president spent the first day of the NATO summit lambasting allies for failing to spend the targeted 2 percent of GDP on defense and accused Germany of being a prisoner to Russian energy.

Trump, in a late-night post on Twitter, wrote: “Billions of additional dollars are being spent by NATO countries since my visit last year, at my request, but it isn’t nearly enough. U.S. spends too much.”

It followed an uncomfortable first round at the summit where anxious Western allies were subjected to the U.S. president’s “America first” approach. His comment that Germany was controlled by Russia earned a rebuke from Berlin.

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WNU Editor:  I expect very little from NATO on what needs to be done in Afghanistan.


Aizino Smith said...

"In Afghanistan, dangerous combat has helped post-war Germany's reluctant armed forces gain self-confidence and expertise."

Another self-serving self-fulfilling prophecy by the press. Shame on Der Biegel. Shame on the skinflint politicians and Merkel.

reluctance - feeling or showing aversion, hesitation, or unwillingness

Did 99% or more of the soldiers go? Then they must be willing (i.e. they did not pull a Clinton). Having more than one thought about something does not mean you are so torturously ambivalent about it like some Hollywood caricature.

Some ordinary second thoughts are that their political leaders, military leaders, and the public do not put enough effort behind it. That they don't git-r-done. That they hang you out there to dry.

The Why at least the secondary why was provided in this bit.

"The number of children attending school has increased eightfold, women hold a better position in Afghan society, and there have been improvements made to health care and general infrastructure." - DW

When the craven German politicians throw in the towel like the craven American politicians, all the gains made by women will be lost. The German Bundeswehr has bled, 5 die a year on average, and worked hard. Yet the risk adverse and never really meant to win German political establishment won't let the Bundeswehr at the enemy like the Haqqani.

How would the FBI defeat The Mafia if it could not pursue them in New Jersey & NYC ever? The FBI would lose? That is the same crap Bush, Obama and Merkel are pulled in regards to Pakistan involvement.

Merkel talks about diplomatic power. Well she didn't use it it get the Pokiston government to cease and desist in assisting the Haqqani network or the Taliban. It might get in way of a vaunted German business deal.

Anonymous said...

tell us then what trump is doing that you like...are we winning now, as he likes to ask

Aizino Smith said...

Merkel's stupid rocket went past an inflection point, but it is still going up, so you think everything is okay.

Retirement must be Hell in Germany, because even a Chancellor with 10+ years fears retirement.

Calling a spade a spade is a win. It shatters the illusion.

Merkel is a stupid leader and has been for the past 3 years or more. Worst chancellor since Hitler.

Aizino Smith said...

At the current time winning is not possible in Afghanistan. Let's name a few reasons

Theresa May
Der Merkel
90% of the Democrats in Congress
various NGOs
Pakistani ISI


Anonymous said...

So , if all of them neutralised (which trump is doing ) you expect to win against the Taliban.

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