Nobody cheered the rise of Barack Obama to the presidency louder than the leadership of Europe. Although they do not back Obama with respect to Afghanistan, they are grateful that there will be a president that will put European concerns at the forefront of politics. But, this may not be the direction that Obama eventually heads.
The Washington Post is stating that appeals by the Obama establishment for additional European military personnel to be sent to Islamic State of Afghanistan are being met with determined deficiency of enthusiasm from European countries. Neither French Republic nor the Federal Republic of Germany is volunteering to provide additional military personnel. The Dutch are really considering backing out from their military obligation in Afghanistan. Only the United Kingdom and the Republic of Poland have indicated that they’re willing to supercharge their contingents in Afghanistan.
The United States government is preparing to deploy 30,000 more soldiers to reinforce the 23,000 that are already present in an effort to overcome the Taliban, which has had a revival in Afghanistan in past few months. Along with European and North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops, Australia and New Zealand also have troops in Afghanistan.
Among the troubles faced by the alliance in the crusade against the Taliban in Afghanistan is that a few European countries have made limitations on how their troops can be engaged. German military personnel, for example, are deployed in non armed combat functions in relatively quiet Northern parts of Islamic State of Afghanistan. The Italian Republic has its military personnel in the western part of Afghanistan and also doesn’t take part in armed combat operations in the east or south parts of the state.
One reason that a few European countries are resisting sending more troops to Afghanistan is that European regimes taking on a great deal of stress in terms of medical aid, reconstruction, and education. However the suspiciousness exists that a few European nations are just concerned in having a free ride at the cost of American money and blood and do not want to put their own soldiers in danger. North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Britain’s Secretary of Defense John Hutton have both indicated that this is the case.
The Obama establishment has just started to feel some of the disappointment that the Bush establishment had experienced with European. European leaderships complained continuously during the Bush regime about American’s unilateralism and ignorance of European interest. Now, the EU has an American President ready to pay attention to European interests and that is prepared to collaborate with European.
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