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NATO Verdicts Are Not All In

The MSM is anxious to poke a hole in Obama’s armor and it would appear that the stingy initial response to his request for more NATO assistance in dealing with Afpak is a juicy target. But though headlines say Barack Obama fails to win NATO troops he wants for Afghanistan, the actual message is several paragraphs down:

Germany, Italy, Poland, Canada and Denmark said that they were considering their positions. After a meeting with Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, Mr Obama tried to apply further moral pressure. “I am sure that Germany, as one of the most important leaders in Europe, will be stepping up to the plate and helping us to get the job done.”

What will happen is that the US will shoulder the major responsibility to a point and prove out whether there can be any hope at all of achieving ongoing progress in Afpak. The others will either go down as slackards or they will step up to the plate.

The situation is very different now than it was when Mr. Bush was casting around for allies. And NATO leaders know it.

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Obama: Share the Afpak Burden

IT’S TIME TO MAKE TERROR SUPPRESSION INTERNATIONAL

It is not a matter of sharing the liability. It is not even a matter of enlarging forces, though there are arguments for enlarging it so it is not the US bearing a disproportionate burden.

The true goal is to broadcast global, even monolithic opposition to the criminality of the terror movement and to make it obvious that efforts to expand its lethal reach are not viable.

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No Quick Afghanistan Moves for Obama

This is not a request, it’s a probable fact, according to this WaPo dispatch.

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Essentially, the ominous transfer of troops that has been mentioned merely creates the basis for a holding action while Barack figures out what we should do there. Now it seems that any decisions will await an April NATO meeting. This is good news for those of us who believe that seeking a military solution in that part of the world, or any part for that matter, is an invitation to the karmic dance of doom, the latest version of which is unfolding in Gaza.

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