Outsourcing the Dirty Work

According to a Reuters news article, Canada is petitioning NATO to send more military assets to Afghanistan.

Every government in the world has their own concerns and agenda, although the interests of two countries might well align in some cases.

NATO is subject to restrictions that member nations have on how many troops they will donate, and the governments who contribute the troops often place restrictions on how they will be used.

That is why I find it bizarre to see any country place any sort of trust in an international coalition when it comes to defense issues. All of the elements necessary for decisive military action (flexibility, a clear goal, decisiveness) are lost.

If Canada is frustrated, why don’t they just go ahead and take care of the problem themselves?

Oh, yeah. I forgot.

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