It seems that Canada is finally going to get some help in southern Afghanistan. So what brave country has stepped up to fill the void? Is it Germany? Italy? Spain? France perhaps?
Oui. Mais, non. It's complicated, you see.
France confirmed during a working dinner among NATO leaders that it will send an additional battalion — anywhere from 700 to 800 troops — to Afghanistan, said Sandra Buckler, the prime minister’s communications director.Hey, great news! But wait ...
As a result, the Americans say they will commit additional resources to the southern region of the war-torn country, including Kandahar, where the Taliban insurgency is strongest.What? Je ne comprend pas...
And now France has committed a battalion of soldiers to eastern Afghanistan, enabling the movement of U.S. forces to the south to reinforce the Canadians — another condition for the extensionOh. Okay. Now I get it.
Not quite what Lex promised. Then again, maybe it is. Laughable, that is. At least now we know where the real help is coming from. No surprise really.
And then there's the little matter of those 3,5000 Marines. Thanks for that too.