Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Admiral Stavridis - your turnover is complete

Now this is the Cliff's Notes version of a turnover as Commander Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.

Outgoing COM SHAPE, General Craddock - take it away!
A top NATO leader says the alliance's politicians are effectively absent without leave in the battle against Afghan insurgents.

General John Craddock, the outgoing Supreme Allied Commander, was referring to the fact that countries such as Canada, the United States, Britain, and the Netherlands are doing most of the fighting in Afghanistan's most dangerous regions.

"I'm probably being harsh here, but I also believe that much of this is due to the fact that political leadership in NATO is AWOL," the U. S. Army general told the Atlantic Council of the United States.
Yes, I can hear you, yes Great Caesar - give us more!
More fundamentally, the Alliance has not kept its promises. It has not come close to funding the objectives it set for itself in 2006, upon taking control of the mission, and it is clear that the domestic political interests of NATO member states have been paramount over Alliance goals — even though said goals were achieved through painstaking consensus building. Craddock understands that political leaders in democracies have to consider public opinion. At the same time, however, he said "It's the job of leaders to persuade the citizenry" on important foreign policy goals and that "often, this has not been the case."
Sigh - truth always comes too late. Part of that truth is many nations in the Alliance only contribute enough to get their flag on a pole outside HQ ISAF in Kabul so they can claim to be part of it.

Many don't, in numbers or through caveats, do enough to really contribute so, in the case it fails, they can simple blame the USA. All the benefits of being in a coalition - with none of the responsibility.

Now, go use the head and then get a fresh cup of coffee. This is a great primer.

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Next Monday I'll post some of my personal thoughts on what I see as changing in Afghanistan WRT the Alliance's relationship to the USA. Things are changing - and I don't think anyone with an Atlantist bent to their ideas will like it. The political of you will enjoy the Schadenfreude nature of it.

1 comment:

Truthful James said...

NATO has long been the excuse for our government to execute policies over the sleeping bodies of the American public.

No alliance can exist without a common threat to individual national security interests to face.  The Soviet Union provided the basis for a strong NATO.  Other countries have existed too long (are too cynical?) to go along with morality plays.

The United States has long used a missionary bent to inspire or at least justify to Americans the necessity for the export of Judeo Christian democraciy to areas of the world where by culture, borders, and religion the "natives" are not politically, religiously or economically ready to adopt our framework.  The colonialist nations of Europe are wll aware of this and support our efforts only up to the limits which their own people will permit.  Each is perfectly willing to have the United States throw away our men, materials and treasure, bringing us back to their level.