NATO forces are running into trouble in Afghanistan not just with the enemy but with their own policies. The American driven approach of staying the course without increasing humanitarian aid and without negotiating with Afghan warlords has alienated those in NATO, especially Britain, who would rather adopt a colonial carrot-and-stick strategy in the country's hostile southern territories.
Achieving victory through the US strategy would require a sizable increase in troops and a willingness to antagonize the leadership of Pakistan, neither of which is currently palatable by the Bush administration. The result: a hamstrung multilateral force unable to meet its objectives. But not to worry, NATO will stay the course.
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