"This is the front line in the fight against terrorism, and what is happening in the Hindu Kush matters, because if terrorism is not dealt with in Afghanistan, the consequences will be felt not just in Afghanistan and the region, but also in London, Brussels and Amsterdam." - Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO Secretary General, at a recent meeting of defence ministers, as the US and Britain try to persuade other countries to pony up more troops for Afghanistan.
If only someone had seen this coming...
And taken from the Wikipedia:
Current US troops in Iraq - 158,000
Current British troops in Iraq - 4,500
Other multinational troops in Iraq - ~6,000
Current US troops in Afghanistan - 15,000
Current British troops in Afghanistan - 7,800
Other multinational troops in Afghanistan - ~20,500
I wonder if any of the pundits in the US media are willing to draw a straight line between two points...