“Talking Truth to NATO” (TIMES, 6/11/11)

          What good did it do for departing Defense Secretary Robert Gates to have spoken “bluntly to America’s NATO allies,” that organization of the unwilling?

          There has never been any real cooperation from the NATO countries for the simple reson that the majority of their people oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nato troops were deployed, more often than not, out of harm’s way, the idea being to avoid suffering any casualties. And Gates played along with that charade. It sounds like Leon Panetta will do the same.

          Meanwhile, the body count for U.S. service members continues to rise: 4450 dead in Iraq 1599 in Afghanistan.


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