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The Fall of Afghanistan Begins - Promised military funding for the Afghan government is not coming through
- The United States remains $300 million to $500 million short in military support.
- Another wasted war?
Just days before this weekend's NATO summit, the United States remains short of its goal of raising $1.3 billion in security funds from its partners in Afghanistan, after a money-raising blitz failed to garner immediate contributions from allies facing fiscal and political pressures.
TRANSLATION - Soon the Afghan military will be twisting slowly, slowly in the wind with no ammo, no equipment and no hope.
The question is who will pay for Afghanistan's future security will be central when Comrade Barack Obama hosts leaders from NATO and other nations in Chicago for the two-day summit that will outline the Western path out of the long war.
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The United States remains $300 million to $500 million short of that goal.
Western nations, grappling with fiscal crisis and mindful of dwindling support for the war, are eager to chart a course out of Afghanistan, even as the Taliban continues to pose a serious threat to the weak, corrupt Afghan government.
Keeping those forces armed and fighting in a country still heavily reliant on outside aid will cost an estimated $4 billion a year. To supplement American assistance, the Obama administration is asking its allies to provide $1.3 billion of that annually.
Britain, Germany, and Australia have announced annual support for Afghan forces worth about $400 million combined.(Reuters News) THE FEDERALIST - "Betrayal: It's American as Apple Pie."
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Yet another ally of the U.S. literally left to sink or swim on their own.