Germany is arguing for the aims of Nato's operations in Afghanistan to be significantly scaled down and wants the alliance to adopt criteria to ensure that it never commits itself to a similarly open-ended mission in future.
This was the message conveyed by the German Defence Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, during a lecture at a London think-tank yesterday.
Defence Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, has spoken of the difficulties of 'selling' the Afghan mission to a sceptical German public
Memo to German Defence Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg: you can no more "sell" Germany's mission in Afghanistan than can your US counterpoint US Secretary of Defense Gates to the American people.
Thinking Germans, like thinking Americans, understand that the occupation of Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with the alleged "war on terror", and everything to do with the potential profits available from drugs, oil pipelines, and mineral rights.
The four criteria for NATO involvement ze Guttenberg puts forward are completely logical, and were no where to be found when NATO began its mission in Afghanistan.