“The demilitarization of Europe — where large swaths of the general public and political class are averse to military force and the risks that go with it — has gone from a blessing in the 20th century to an impediment to achieving real security and lasting peace in the 21st,” he told NATO officers and officials in a speech at the National Defense University, the Defense Department-financed graduate school for military officers and diplomats.
A perception of European weakness, he warned, could provide a “temptation to miscalculation and aggression” by hostile powers.
Memo to Sec Def Gates: unlike in the US, governments of European countries, on occasion, do need to listen to their constituents.
And the constituents of those governmental leaders do not want to see their members of their families serving in the military fighting, getting maimed, and killed for the sake of private oil and drug profits, which were the outcomes desired for the US/NATO invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.
The control of the burgeoning drug trade and its geographical distribution, has been accomplished; "pacification" of the Afghan people, to the point of being able to install the pipelines to control Eurasian oil, has not, which is why we are still in this sordid military mess in Afghanistan 8 years on.