Let’s Take This Af-Pak Show on the Road
What’s in store for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke at tomorrow’s United Nations conference on Afghanistan at The Hague? And for Thursday’s NATO summit in Strasbourg, which President Obama will address? Empty promises, dashed hopes and lowered expectations, according to this preview from The Wall Street Journal:
Michele Flournoy, a senior Pentagon official who helped craft the new U.S. strategy, said Friday that “we have made some very clear requests of [European allies],” for more troops, trainers and money. The EU plans to expand its police training force — a key focus of the U.S. review — from about 200 today to 350 by the end of the spring, according to the spokeswoman for [EU foreign policy chief Javier] Solana. That’s still short of the 400 promised, and well short of the 4,000 extra U.S. trainers the U.S. review allocates to train Afghanistan’s army.