Merkel ‘dismisses’ U.S. request for more military assets to fight Islamic State

Merkel ‘dismisses’ U.S. request for more military assets to fight Islamic State

[Ed. – Dismisses?  Downplays?  The characterization may be a bit prejudicial here, but the quote from Merkel does sound pretty blunt.  The last sentence below may be a clue: if we’re just asking for non-specific help, that comes off as mere pro forma bush-beating, rather than proposing a concrete plan and outlining what’s needed for it.  Our allies don’t have time for that.  At least, they don’t have time to pretend it’s more than it is.]

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday brushed off what a Germany magazine said was a request from the United States to provide more military help in the fight against Islamic State.

“I believe Germany is fulfilling its part and we don’t need to talk about new issues related to this question at the moment,” Merkel told the ZDF broadcaster when asked about the Der Spiegel magazine report of the U.S. request.

Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter had sent a letter asking for a bigger military contribution from Germany, a week after parliament approved a plan to join the campaign in Syria.

A German Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed a letter had been received from the United States and its content was under consideration, giving no further details.

Der Spiegel said the letter did not make specific demands and was similar to requests sent to other U.S. partners.

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