I liked reading the piece because it highlights the topic that I have been obsessing about the past couple of years--what countries will and will not do in Afghanistan. I do disagree with some points:
- The NATO nametag is not a deterrent to Muslim countries of the Middle East. The intensity of the effort and the unpopularity of the mission are sufficient explanations. Perhaps in 2001, but not after 2003.
- The piece suggests that NATO as an institution provides little added value to the campaign. My guess is that there would be fewer troops on the ground if countries were not signing up to support an institution that they need. Romania, Poland, the Baltics, and the like provide some forces, some more significant than the others. Canada's participation would probably have been much shorter since supporting NATO has been a key motivation, and Canada has played a significant role.