Monday, September 28, 2009

NATO Chief Offers Obama Afghan Wiggle Room

May well be an option or middle ground to a never ending round of more and more troops toward no firm end.
clipped from www.reuters.com

NATO chief to U.S.: Not running from Afghan fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new head of NATO sought to ease American doubts about allies' commitment to the stalled Afghan war on Monday but cautioned that European states would prefer to send more trainers than combat troops.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in his first major U.S. address as secretary-general, said fading public opinion meant it was all the more urgent to show there was "light at the end of the tunnel" by training Afghan forces for a gradual handover.

"We should expand our training mission. I consider it easier for European countries to contribute to our training mission with personnel as well as with finances, than with combat troops," he said, answering questions from an audience at the Atlantic Council, a public policy group in Washington.

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