Interesting article from the Guardian from last Friday:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/ ... istan-exit
Rift with US grows as UK minister voices fears over Afghanistan exit
According to the article the UK looked to form an alliance of the willing without the US:
Ben Wallace, the UK defence secretary, revealed in remarkably frank interviews on Friday that the UK was so aghast at the US decision to withdraw completely from Afghanistan next month that it had canvassed other Nato allies to see if there was support for a reconfigured alliance to continue the stabilisation force in Afghanistan without the US.
Wallace revealed that once other Nato allies – understood to include France and Germany – had rejected forming a coalition of the willing without the US, the UK concluded that it could not go it alone.
There is certainly a fondamental logistics proplem. The US is simply the only country that has the logistics to sustain a war operation at such a scale in a far away country. Hence without US involment massive capabilities would first have to be built.
Also without the US, the involment of those 5 countries is a must in my opinion: Canada, Australia, UK, France and Germany.
The UK seemed to be willing. I have no clue about Canada and Australia. And from the article, Germany and France weren't willing.
For Germany a problem might be that they still have a hinderance from WW2. I think German society has taken responsability for the crimes committed by the Nazi and can't just switch back to a more agressif stance. It is my understanding that in international operation German troups are less involved in direct confrontation and are more involved in logistics and medical support (my assessment might be wrong and I'm happy to be corrected by members that know better).
For the French I think that there engagement in the Sahel is already streching there resources and that they don't feel that the can provide further resources for Afghanistan (It also my belief that the French engagement in the Sahel was the reason they left Afghanistan much earlier).
For both Germany and France there are also election soon....
Of course the reason other Nato allies weren't interested might also simply be that they believe what most believe here: staying longer would only have delayed but not changed the outcome we see now.
It would also be really interesting to know if Trump, and later Biden, talked with there Nato allies. From the news at least one get the feeling, that they never were consulted. Even the possibility of sharing the burden more, doesn't seem to have been considered....
Best regards and stay safe,