U.S. to allies: Fight in Afghanistan or pay


The United States has asked Japan and NATO allies who have refused to send troops to Afghanistan to pay the estimated $17 billion needed to build up the Afghan army, according to U.S. defense officials.

The push to quickly increase the size of Afghanistan's army and spread the cost of the initiative underscores the financial and military strain the war has placed on the United States and NATO members, many also operating in Iraq and elsewhere.

"The faster we get the (Afghan army) to the size and strength they need to be, the less they depend on us for providing security, and God knows we operate far more expensively than the Afghan national security forces do," said Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell.
It is a very interesting approach. However, unlikely $17 bln would be enough and as ANA is overcrowded by insurgents then it looks that at least partly the money would be spent on Taliban training (and arming).
Bravo_Zulu said:
Well hopefully the French won't be able to afford to buy all our nuclear reactors after this...
Power cuts feared in UK nuclear plants crisis

Six out of 10 of the nation's atomic stations are operating below capacity, throwing their future into doubt.
Of the four that are still in good working condition, one is due to shut down permanently in two years' time, a second is partially closed for routine maintenance, and a third is facing safety questions following the discovery of flaws in similar reactors in Japan.

So our French friends would think twice to buy or not to buy.
fantassin said:
There are over 2,600 french troops in Afghanistan and they are engaged in the fight on a daily basis.
Damn you and your "fact's" sir!.


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