Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Dutch defense minister, top general resign over soldiers' deaths in Mali

via UPI
The Netherlands' defense minister and top military commander have each resigned over the deaths last year of two Dutch soldiers in Mali.
In announcing her resignation, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the lower house of Dutch parliament on Tuesday, "I am politically responsible and am taking that responsibility."
Story here. 

This probably won't catch the attention of many but it could be a turning point in the way the wars in Syria and Afghanistan are fought.

I know this was in reaction to the Mali intervention but I consider that op to be a baby "Afghanistan".

To think that The Netherlands defense minister would be forced to step down over a couple of deaths is beyond interesting. 

It appears that at least one country in Europe has reached it's tipping point when it comes to deploying its sons and daughters to foreign lands with illusionary objectives.

What does this have to do with the US?

Many in the DoD were hoping for a plus up of forces via NATO partners in the EU.  This will make that harder. 

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