Not that this makes more than an infinitesimal difference in practice; the phrase "NATO troops" has always meant "American porterhouse steak with a few sprigs of Canadian/European parsley garnish". And that was thirty years ago; now it means more like "small American lettuce head and a few sprigs of Canadian/European parsley garnish," since we've all been forced to go vegan and all.
But it's the symbolism that is so depressing for what it means for the survival of the West - and hilarious for every other NATO member state down to Latveria stiffing John Kerry on his ridiculously pathetic and hypocritical call to arms like he was Howard Wolowitz after falling into an industrial vat of Cialis.
Hey, when we're all about to die, gallows humor is the only humor left:
NATO will not use ground forces in operations against Islamic State in Syria, says NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg.
The NATO chief official ruled out sending NATO ground forces to fight ISIS, instead focusing on the need for greater utilization of local forces and other Muslim neighbor countries.
Because that strategy has been SO successful thus far.
The international organization’s announcement follows key [legislative] votes in Germany and [the] United Kingdom to join the fight against ISIS, as well as reports that the recent San Bernardino shooting perpetrators had ties to ISIS.
Which renders those votes exercises in rank, masturbatory cynicism.
“Muslims are on the front line in this war. Most victims are Muslims, and most of those who fight against the IS are Muslims. We can not carry on this struggle for them,” says Stoltenberg.
Even though they're losing "this struggle". And that Stoltenberg is right about NATO's inability to carry it that he thinks is just decadent, complacent, lazy unwillingness.
“The United States has a limited number of special forces. In the foreground, however, is strengthening local forces. This is not easy, but it’s the only option.”
No, it's NOT the only option. There are a hundred thousand U.S. troops festooned by a few sprigs of Canadian/European parsley garnish. That's an option. Which, by the latest reports, would still be outnumbered by ISIS fighters by approximately fifty percent, but Obama has so denuded U.S. military capabilities that any larger of a deployment would leave pretty much every other region, including the homeland, functionally undefended.
Or we could join forces with the Russians, who are on the other side of ISIS territory, but for how the Turks - also a NATO member state - have alienated them by defending their airspace against Russian incursions, buying ISIS's oil, and the Obama Regime's covering it up and obstinately insisting on Bashar Assad's ouster even though it has little or no strategic value anymore other than as another of The One's ego fetishes.
Over which he's unwittingly locked us on a collision course towards World War V. But dying well is about the only martial skill those parsley sprigs have left, I guess.