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Day: December 8, 2021

How mission creep undermined NATO’s mission in Afghanistan
Defence Today, Front Lines

How mission creep undermined NATO’s mission in Afghanistan

Eighteen years of alliance operations in Afghanistan were doomed by “mission creep,” as allied nations poured undue effort and resources into helping rebuild the country rather than focus on their core mission of defeating terrorism, says the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Dec. 1 that NATO went into Afghanistan to prevent terrorists from continuing to use the country as an operations and training base. On that score, it succeeded—at least for now. But Stoltenberg said it must be recognized that “over the years, the international community set a level of ambition that went well beyond the original aim of fighting terrorism. And, on that, we were not able to deliver.” U.S.-led forces, including Canadians, entered the countr...
Hirohito’s role
Military History, Military Milestones

Hirohito’s role

In December 1941, Emperor Hirohito of Japan agreed, by some accounts reluctantly, to go to war against the United States. Although Japan had technically been part of the Second World War since signing the Tripartite Pact with Germany and Italy in September 1940, its war with China had commanded its attention. Japan had grand territorial ambitions in Asia. It invaded and absorbed Manchuria in 1932 and had been at war with China since 1937. In 1941, alarmed by imports of war materiel into China, it cut off supply lines in French Indochina. The United States, Britain and the Netherlands responded by putting an embargo on oil exports to Japan. Its expansion plans threatened by loss of a steady supply of oil, Japan concluded that decisive simultaneous strikes would tie up the United St...

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