Meanwhile, the defense secretary has been getting a lukewarm response here to his plea for allies to send more troops and aid for a spring offensive in Afghanistan.I can hear it now, during the 2008 presidential debates: "You forgot Lithuania!" Two weeks later, they'll pull out.
France and Germany are questioning the wisdom of sending more soldiers, while Spain, Italy and Turkey have also been wary of providing more troops.
"When the Russians were in Afghanistan, they had 100,000 soldiers there and they did not win," German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung told reporters.
Lithuania, which already has 130 troops in Afghanistan, offered to send an unspecified number of special forces, helping to fill a key shortfall.
PS Is it that they're really this stupid? Or do they just think we are? First Abu Gonzales, now the stupidest fucking man on the planet:
"This was not 'alternative intelligence assessment,' " he said. "It was from the start a criticism of the consensus of the intelligence community, and in presenting it I was not endorsing its substance."Yes, you read that right: He didn't submit his report of ties between Saddam and al Qaeda because he endorsed its substance, but, well, just for the hell of it. And it wasn't an alternative assessment -- it was merely a critique of an assessment that no one outside of the intelligence community got to see because they were too busy crowing about his "critique."