In a report from Down Under, “NATO spokesman James Appathurai” responds to uncomfortably public, American requests that NATO provide combat troops for Afghanistan. Apparently they don’t particularly want to. He is quoted as stating: "Force generation is a process which NATO has been doing for 60-plus years and we've always done it through the normal channels which are quiet channels(.)"
NATO has been providing combat troops to carry out actual combat for 60 years?
Well, no. But NATO has for 60 years been providing troops – and doing it through “normal” and “quiet” channels - that don’t really have to fight anyone. If you want combat troops for combat, now that’s altogether a different thing. Then the system apparently doesn’t work so well.