"Britain, with a higher percentage of its forces deployed worldwide than the United States, is stretched thin in Afghanistan. Not only did the British have insufficient force strength to hold conquered territory, but the reconstruction and development assistance that was supposed to consolidate military gains did not arrive.
"It’s worth reminding the Americans that the entire British army is smaller than the U.S. Marine Corps," said one sympathetic former U.S. commander in Afghanistan. "
The British Army including its resrve forces has around 135,000 men. The Royal Marines around 6,000. The other NATO countries committed in Afghanistan have even smaller forces. Only France is a serious land power and they are not "playing the game" there.
We tend to think of these armies in termas of World War 2 or the Cold War when they were much larger forces. No more. Now, they are pitifully small shadows of their former selves.
The alliance retains some political meaning but it also constitutes a burden in dealing with the fears and anxieties of Russia.
As military reinforcements the NATO armies are not very significant.
This alliance was built to deal with the USSR. That country is gone, long gone. Maybe NATO should be gone also. pl