As a follow up to Jim’s post this morning, I’m kind of wondering why the United States media machine is not covering – at all it seems – the fact that Germany pulled forces out of NATO in fear they would be drawn into the conflict with Libya.
Update: As noted in the comments, Germany pulled forces out of the NATO group supporting general operations in the Mediterranean. The title of the post has been updated to clarify. If NATO does take control of efforts in Libya, I’m not sure if Germany – as a NATO member – would be required to support the efforts.
Germany has ordered two frigates and AWACS surveillance plane crews out of the Mediterranean area within the last 24 hours. The Daily Mail had posted the story more than 12 hours ago and there seems to be nothing on FoxNews.com, CNN.com, MSNBC.com or ABCNews.com. (Granted, I have not looked everywhere.)
From The Daily Mail.
Deep divisions between allied forces currently bombing Libya worsened today as the German military announced it was pulling forces out of NATO over continued disagreement on who will lead the campaign.
A German military spokesman said it was recalling two frigates and AWACS surveillance plane crews from the Mediterranean, after fears they would be drawn into the conflict if NATO takes over control from the U.S.
They don’t want NATO to take control, and they abstained on the UN vote about Libya.
In a bid to halt the embarrassing bickering, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe today proposed a new war committee to oversee operations.
The new body, Mr Juppe said, would bring together foreign ministers of participating states – such as Britain, France and the U.S. – as well as the Arab League.
The UN proves worthless again.
The Obama’s enjoyed a nice dinner party with wine in Chile. I’ll admit I have not been able to keep on top of this story at all, but does this coalition seem to be a total and complete mess to you?