British and other foreign troops deployed in Afghanistan face a "very tough" time ahead and can expect to be engaged in a combat role for three or four more years, Nato's most senior civilian official in the country said today.
Mark Sedwill, a former UK ambassador to Afghanistan, warned of further troop deaths in the region, saying: "We cannot allow judgment of success to be the absence of casualties."
He said the "bumper sticker" message for the next British government had to be that "a stable Afghanistan is a safer world".
One doesn't know whether to laugh or cry, reading this drivel. But one thing is crystal clear here; the powers that be, in their collective, pathological hubris, have obviously decided that this immoral, unwinnable war will continue, creating an even more horrendous costs in blood and money.
Afghanistan was stable - albeit disfunctional - under the Taliban, before the invasion and occupation began.Afghanistan never has been - nor ever will be - any credible threat to the safety and security of the US or the world.
TO THOSE ADULTS IN THE HALLS OF POWER WHO STILL HAVE SOME SHRED OF CAPACITY FOR CRITICAL THINKING LEFT: THE REASONABLE, LOGICAL CHOICE HERE IS TO DECLARE VICTORY, GO HOME, AND NEGOTIATE WITH WHATEVER GOVERNMENT IS LEFT TO SECURE THE PIPELINE ROUTES WITH WHICH TO CONTROL EURASIAN OIL.
And while you are at it, please explain to the families and friends of the fallen, who love and mourn those soldiers killed or maimed for life, that this war had nothing to do with US or world security, but everything to do with the private profits to be made through control of both the oil and the drug trade.
You owe them at least the honest reasons as to why the US and NATO are "staying the course" in Afghanistan.