Europeans wonder why we don't think of them as trustworthy allies. It's because when the chips are down, we aren't sure if we can count on them. The lovely and well-traveled Mrs. Borepatch posted about why the Brits need us neanderthal Americans around, and uses the BBC's Dr. Who television show as an example:
The official “trained manning requirement” of the army is 101,790, so the loss of three battalions, of roughly 1,800 men in total, would take the strength of the army to below 100,000.
Charles Heyman, a former infantry officer who edits The Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, a military guide, said the proposed cuts were “stark raving mad”.
He added: “If we were to withdraw from Afghanistan it would be fine but with the government saying operations there will go on for 10 years it is sheer lunacy. It will do severe damage to morale within the infantry and within the wider army.”
The Doctor, of course, represents the Europeans, who see themselves as more advanced, more civilized, able to resolve crises with political correctness and without war and bloodshed. As nice a thought as that may be, even the BBC realizes that some times you need the big burly guy with the scary gun to be standing behind you to intimidate the other guy into backing down, and sometimes the guy has to be willing to rally the troops, point the gun, and start shooting. On TV as in life, that guy is an American.Europe wants to go back to sleep, with end-of-history dreams. Peace Dividend! More money for NuLabor to spend on favored programs.
After all, there are always those damned uppity Yanks to sort things out, if things get out of hand.