So, do Manley and his panel of experts know something they didn't tell us in their otherwise frank and revealing report handed to Stephen Harper last week?
Turns out the Yankees are coming in a matter of weeks, and the only question is how long they will stick around.
Sources tell us that at the very moment Manley was in Ottawa this week releasing his report calling for NATO reinforcements, high-ranking U.S. military officials were only a few blocks away, planning exactly that with their Canadian counterparts.
The answer, sources tell us, is our troops will soon be getting everything the Manley report says they urgently need -- and then some.
Manley must have been aware of these discussions, if not then his panel is incompetent, irrelevant to serious discussion.
Weston acknowledges the public uncertainty of deployments past seven months, but comes to the same conclusion I've argued:
"This is not meant to be an open-ended deployment," says one U.S. source. "It is limited to seven months, and hopefully by the end of the Bucharest summit, NATO as a group will have laid out a plan to fill those gaps that have been identified for a long, long time."
Don't count on it.
If, after 7 months, no other country is prepared to augment the American deployment, does anyone really believe the Americans would just pull out, leaving the south exposed? Me neither, which makes the Manley "demand" more a study in setting up favorable framing, rather than the frank choice the panel presents.