The South Korean government, deeply indebted to the US military, is avoiding any combat role in Afghanistan because of domestic anti-war opinion. South Korea is not alone in the largely-sham coalition holding up Obama's image of multilateralism while refusing to fight and looking for the exits. And South Korea is hardly alone. It's really the white West fighting a Muslim insurgency...a report on South Korea from Tom Hayden.
UK TROOPS AT BREAKING POINT
According to the London Independent, the British military commitment to Afghanistan is becoming unsustainable, as the government considers "savage cuts"in defense spending to cope with a deficit black hole. "Essentially, the Americans know we are broke and we are getting blokes killed for no good reason", a high defense official is quoted as saying.
GERMAN PRESIDENT FORCED TO RESIGN FOR LINKING WAR TO FREE TRADE
German president Horst Kohler has resigned after defending German military deployments as crucial to free trade. Kohler is a former top official of the International Monetary Fund [IMF]. The move precipitated a deepening political crisis in Germany, and "will ignite a debate about the country's involvement in the Afghan war", according to reports from Berlin.
The resignation follows that of Defense Minister Franz Joseph Jung, who was slow to acknowledge civilian casualties after a German airstrike in Kunduz earlier this year. In defiance of the German constitution, which forbids foreign combat, the German government has begun calling Afghanistan a war; "none of this - nor the promise of a withdrawal next year - has soothed voters", according to the Times.
CANADIAN GENERAL IN CHARGE OF KANDAHAR OFFENSIVE FIRED IN SEX SCANDAL
Brig. Gen. Daniel Menard, the Canadian officer due to lead the Kandahar offensive by American, Canadian and other troops has been fired in a sex scandal. "Besides being a national embarrassment for Canada, Menard's removal wields a blow to NATO's preparations for the upcoming Kandahar offensive. As a commander there, Menard was in charge of American troops as well as Canada's 2,800 soldiers, who are due to be withdrawn from Afghanistan next year."