NATO Chief: Hope Is Not a Plan Against the Taliban
One consequence of the Obama administration’s weeks-long review of Afghanistan and Pakistan strategy is that European allies are unclear about their role, even as they’re being asked to contribute greater resources. There’s a meeting today in Slovakia of NATO defense ministers, complete with a briefing from Gen. Stanley McChrystal, that will address some of the allies’ questions, but it obviously can’t clear up all of them, and so members of the alliance are putting out their own form of public strategy deliberation.
Take Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO’s top civilian official. Rasmussen has backed McChrystal’s counterinsurgency strategy to the hilt. And he issued a statement that represents a nudge in President Obama’s ribs: