CANADIAN GENERAL LEWIS MACKENZIE: NATO Countries are Shirking.
It’s good to see the United States, Britain and Canada starting to focus on the shortage of NATO “boots on the ground” in Afghanistan, particularly in the volatile southern part of the country. It has been obvious to anyone with a modicum of operational experience that this was the case shortly after the U.S. had to divide its resources between Afghanistan and Iraq in 2003.
With NATO taking a leading role in Afghanistan, it was assumed that Article 5 of the alliance’s charter that states that an attack against one is to be considered as an attack against all would result in a traffic jam of NATO troops as they deployed in the direction of the threat. Four years later, politically constrained military commanders on the ground are “requesting” the Alliance’s civilian leadership find them 2,500 more troops to secure the south of the country.
You don’t tippy-toe in incremental steps in search of victory.