A diplomatic memo released by WikiLeaks quotes the E.U. President, Herman van Rompuy, as claiming that European forces remain in Afghanistan solely out of deference to the United States.
“Europe is doing it and will go along out of deference to the United States but not out of deference to Afghanistan,” the memo said citing Mr. Van Rompuy.
“No one believes in Afghanistan any more.”
America's European allies contribute about 30,000 troops to the U.S.-led NATO force in Afghanistan.