"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Richards Sets The Tone

I don't think General Sir David Richards, who becomes Chief of General Staff on 28th August, has made a promising start:
“I believe that the UK will be committed to Afghanistan in some manner — development, governance, security sector reform — for the next 30 to 40 years. “We need now to focus on the expansion of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. Just as in Iraq, it is our route out militarily, but the Afghan people and our opponents need to know that this does not mean our abandoning the region. We made this mistake once. Our opponents are banking on us doing it again, and we must prove them wrong,”

"Of the Taleban, he said: “We can and are outfighting them.”
Maybe I'm being a little unfair but in this self-penned article, it sounds like he's gone native. What's more, a thirty or forty-year commitment, whether in troops, money or expertise, isn't one the British people want but I bet the oil pipeline & mineral exploration companies do.

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UPDATE: With thanks to one of Sub Rosa's commenters for pointing up an article which shows the American administration are trying to learn from parallels with Vietnam, in particular bogus elections and the standing of President Karzai.


  1. He's not gone native he's just certifiable. UK plc will not have any money left to feed itself soon and keep the lights on.

    UNLESS we're headed back to the 17/18th centuries and John Company.

    Then he makes sense.

    Heads up.

  2. He got the job because he agreed to follow the UK's and NATO's line on Afghanistan. How do I know this? Because he wouldn't have got the job otherwise.

    "That pipeline will be built, General"

    "Yes, sir".

  3. If they were open and honest about their reasons at least we'd all be able to have informed debate. Instead, they hide behind spurious reasons & wonder why people don't like it.


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