Poland, Germany, France, UK, Canada, Italy, Spain, Australia Also Stand Defeated in Afghanistan
It's not just America that lost a war here
America has lost another war. So have all of its vassals that followed it there.
They may have only been there to curry favor with Washington, to pay the kind of tribute by symbolic military service that the Empire expects, and that is so helpful to legitimizing its wars, but it does not ultimately matter. When you take part in a war and your side loses, that is called being defeated in a war.
Not counting contractors, 3596 US-aligned soldiers did not return from Afghanistan. Just 68 percent were Americans. 18 percent were from the British Commonwealth, with nearly all of the remainder from other NATO members.
The United States lost 2452, Britain 455, Canada 158, France 86, Germany 54, Italy 48, Denmark 43, Australia 41, Poland 40, Spain 34, Georgia 29, Netherlands 25, Romania 25, Turkey 14, Czechia 14, New Zealand 11, Norway 10, Estonia 9, Hungary 7, Sweden 5, Latvia 3, Slovakia 3, Finland 2, Jordan 2, Portugal 2, Albania 1, Belgium 1, Croatia 1, Lithuania 1, South Korea 1.
Relative to their populations, Britain and Georgia lost about as many soldiers killed as did the United States (7 per 1 million), and Canada not that much fewer (4 per 1 million).
At one point — before the Obama surge — fully one-half of the 60,000 occupational troops were non-American.
The Obama surge relied on 60 thousand additional American troops but also wrangled an additional 10 thousand troops from the auxiliaries for the non-American maximum troop strength of 40 thousand from 2010 to 212.
From 2015 on, non-Americans again provided fully one-half of the occupation.
The fact is that the American war in Afghanistan could not have continued for as long as it did without the NATO aid in manpower, in spreading out the blood cost, and in providing a mirage of political and moral legitimacy as an “international” (rather than Imperial) exercise.
The burden NATO took on in Afghanistan also allowed the US to focus more on Iraq and to pursue that war for longer and with more intensity than it could have otherwise done.
In the end, both the Imperial metropolis and the vassal swarm lost in both.
Countries in red are those which participated in the occuption of Afganistan https://t.co/FQ7syH5Hpn
— Srdjan Garcevic (@SrdjanGarcevic) August 17, 2021