November 14th, 2010
08:48 PM ET

Bush says some NATO allies let U.S. down in Afghanistan

Former President George W. Bush defended his administration's handling of the war in Afghanistan on Sunday, telling CNN that some NATO allies who  contributed troops to the conflict "turned out not to be willing to fight."

In an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, Bush strongly refuted criticism  that his administration took its "eye off the ball" in Afghanistan when he ordered troops to invade Iraq. He said he ordered American forces to overthrow Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with the assumption that allied forces would help make up the difference in Afghanistan.

"What  happened in Afghanistan was that our NATO allies, some of them, turned out not to be willing to fight," Bush said. "Therefore, our assumption
that we had ample troops - U.S. and NATO troops - turned out to be a 
not-true assumption. So we adjusted."

The  former president didn't name any countries specifically from NATO, which includes 28 nations in Europe and North America. Some 785 military personnel from NATO countries besides the United States have been killed in Afghanistan since hostilities began in October 2001, with the  United Kingdom, Canada and France incurring the most fatalities.

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  1. K jacktown michigan

    now he is the mess, he quickly learned how little power he has, all those good intentions used against him, he was silly to think he could change annthing in washington!

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