Germany’s Return to Checkbook Diplomacy ‚Is a Worrying Tendency‘
The US and Europe have defused their conflict over Afghanistan in the run-up to Friday’s NATO summit. Washington will lead the battle, with Germany and the EU returning to „checkbook diplomacy.“ That’s not a recipe that can work in the long term, argues alliance expert Dan Hamilton.
US Army soldiers in Afghanistan: „The Obama administration is trying not to repeat the mistakes of the Bush years.“
SPIEGEL ONLINE: The conflict in Afghanistan will be at the heart of the debates at the NATO summit this weekend. Is the mission there still a NATO one — or has it been turned into an American war with the deployment of 17,000 additional United States troops? Hamilton: It is still a NATO operation. Actually, there is a NATO operation and an American operation in Afghanistan. The key challenge will be to figure out how much can be done by the NATO part and to what extent the Europeans want to contribute. Their contribution is important. The Obama administration is trying not to repeat the mistakes of the Bush years. Then, the Americans more or less turned down European help in Afghanistan offered after the attacks of Sept. 11. It took them a long time to realize that this help can be very constructive. Now, as part of its broad-based strategy review for the region, the White House is on the path to a much more multilateral approach. The basic approach is the Americanization of the war coupled with regionalization and internationalization of the broader effort regarding Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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