NATO’s unhappy warriors

Los Angeles Times
March 27, 2008

At next week’s NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania, history will be made when an American president, cowboy hat in hand, literally begs Europe for help in Afghanistan. For weeks, high-ranking U.S. officials have traversed the “old” continent, beseeching its capitals for anything in lace-up boots and camouflage. Spare a tank, Germany? How about a mothballed helicopter, Italy? Say no, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has warned, and NATO will be “effectively destroyed,” its members forever consigned to two tiers — a fighting first and a lazy second. more