Monday, 19 October 2009

Afghanistan rethink welcome

The Afghanistan War does not have public support. It is hard to know what you would say about why we are there if you met the bereaved family of a soldier killed in Helmand.

Nick Clegg has made his strongest statement yet on the topic. Talking on the Politics Show he said:

".....he wanted the mission to succeed but the present course was "almost certainly condemned to failure".
Mr Clegg also said his party's backing for the war was not "unconditional".

I am convinced that he is right to focus on this issue. History is littered with examples of failed Afghan adventures. Unless we have clearly defined objectives, a strategy to match and an exit strategy we will fail at terrible cost to our young soldiers.

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