Via Chris over at AmericaBlog, we learn how U.S. President George W. McBiteMe treats his alleged friends and allies (emphasis added):
Britain is so short of helicopters in Afghanistan that military chiefs are being forced to scour the world for civilian aircraft to support its troops after the US rejected a plea to help plug the shortfall...
The Independent on Sunday can also reveal that reconnaissance and intelligence missions in Afghanistan are being affected by the lack of smaller and more flexible helicopters. But senior military officials said that when UK commanders asked for temporary deployment of US helicopters in Afghanistan, they were told there were none to spare.
I'm not going to jump to any conclusions, but if this kind of opportunity ever arises for our boys:
Private Peter McKinley, 21, of the Parachute Regiment has become the first British soldier in Afghanistan to be recommended for the Victoria Cross after he saved a wounded US sergeant under heavy fire.
I'm thinking we might use the situation for a little negotiation: "Yeah, yeah, we're coming ... now about those helicopters ...".