Defence sources have said that both the US and British governments no longer expect any of Nato's main partner nations to send more troops to serve in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgency is most fierce.
Despite high level lobbying by Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, and senior diplomats no country has come forward to share more of the war fighting burden being felt by British and US troops in the south of the country.
European countries' leadership is actually influenced by voter opinion; in the US, the government doesn't care at all what its voters think.
In the US, we no longer have a republic, but a "corporatocracy".
At this phase of our country's devolution, alleged "representatives" in congress are simply acquisitions of large corporations. This means they are obliged to vote for whatever legislation which will benefit those large corporations, and not what is good for We the People.
The only "winners" in the war in Afghanistan are the defense contractors, and the drug dealers.