Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks so. From the U.K. Telegraph:
Nato's deployment is part of Washington's agenda to reduce its forces in Afghanistan. It is pulling 3,000 troops out this summer and possibly more later.
The Karzai government is angry with Washington, because many Afghans see this as the start of a full American withdrawal.
Also from the article, and as I've argued repeatedly over the past couple of months, NATO (and therefore Canada) have been sucked into our current mission in Southern Afghanistan under false pretenses:
Nato is now stuck with the consequences. To enlist more troops from more countries and increase its forces from 9,000 to 18,000, Nato billed its replacement of American forces in southern Afghanistan as a major stabilization and reconstruction effort. Instead, Nato forces...will have to fight their way out of an unprecedented Taliban offensive that has claimed 400 lives since May 17.
In fact, the Taliban may be on the verge of a takeover in the South.
This article should be an unpleasant wakeup call to those Canadians whose response to the Afghanistan mission has been to chant "Ready Aye Ready!" over and over again in a mindless fashion.