France will withdraw its 3,000 troops from Afghanistan, thus strengthening remaining NATO forces. In looking up the French Army (don’t Google “French Military” or all you get are French military jokes and the shortest list in the world, “French military victories” ) and discovered that total forces are just 120,000. That contrasts with 8,300,000 during World war I. Of course, 1,400,000 of those soldiers were killed in that war (!) by their butchers of generals, so it’s understandable that the thrill of soldiering has long since passed.
Funny, though, that the Occupy folks are out in Chicago protesting a meeting of NATO countries. There’s not a NATO member country left, except for the US, with a military of any significant strength, so why worry about NATO?