Obama wants Nato allies to send 10,000 more troops to Afghanistan
"WASHINGTON — The United States is scrambling to coax NATOallies to send 10,000 additional troops to Afghanistan as part ofPresident Obama’s strategy for the region. Those countries appear willing to provide fewer than half that number, American and allied officials said Wednesday." ~ New York Times, Nov. 27, 2009
But foreign allies and NATO members are tentative at best and reluctant at worst to send further troops to the region due to the Afghanistan war’s increasing global unpopularity.
Additionally, there are increasing concerns over corruption and instability in PresidentHamid Karzai’s government there.
The Obama administration views a substantial contribution from its allies as a way to keep the American troop increase lower and blunt domestic political criticism of the Afghan war. It would also allow the administration to come close to the military’s request for 40,000 additional troops without relying totally on the already stretched American armed forces.
After weeks of deliberation, Mr. Obama is to announce his Afghan war policy on Tuesday. Administration officials say that a strong speech explaining Mr. Obama’s strategy for achieving success would provide them with fresh ammunition to galvanize support in foreign capitals.
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