Apologies to the Danes fighting in Afghanistan

June 14, 2007  ·  Michael Fumento  ·  Weblog

In my Weekly Standard article, "The Other War," I wrote that only six NATO countries authorized their forces to fight. That's as opposed to ground forces that may find themselves on the defensive. It turns out that I should have listed a seventh, Denmark. Reader Mark Collins sent me several stories such as this making clear the Danes are taking part in offensive operations. He also directed me to this excellent combat footage. The actual number involved is quite small, but the Danes are also almost doubling their in-country forces in the country, from 330 to about 600.

It should also be pointed out that the Poles are beefing up their forces and will probably go over on the offensive soon. Meanwhile, Australia, though not a NATO member, has a large special ops contingency there which is almost certainly engaging in combat operations even if you're not supposed to hear about them.

So apologies to Denmark. I really like you guys - and I like your girls even better. Wow!