Of course Germany is not the only country to make their troops virtually useless in Afghanistan by specifying that they cannot fight the Taliban in the south, the Turks and French do the same thing. All the hard work of fighting the Taliban has been left up to the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and (of all countries) the Dutch. NATO has underlined its marginal utility by failing in its Afghanistan role. Yesterday, Canada threatened to pull out of Afghanistan unless the Euros shared in the danger. Today, we get the Germans telling us: so what? The Wehrmacht did horrible things in WW2, but by definition going up against it meant an intense and difficult fight. Now the leaders of one of the most modern and capable combat forces in the world are politically afraid of the Taliban. Apparently they fear that the Germans will vote them out of office if the Wehrmacht is allowed to go up against some 8th Century killers. For all their wealth, Euros are amazingly weak.