Army officer launches stinging attack on Afghan Policy

British Army officer launches stinging attack on 'failing' UK strategy in Afghanistan
A British Army officer has launched a devastating attack on the UK's "failing" strategy in Afghanistan.

By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent
Published: 9:00PM BST 20 Jun 2009
The officer, who works in defence intelligence, has described the British presence in Helmand as an "unmitigated disaster" fuelled by "lamentable" government spin and naïvety.
Writing in the British Army Review, an official MoD publication, Major SN Miller, stated: "Lets not kid ourselves. To date Operation Herrick [the British codename for the War in Afghanistan] has been a failure".

He claimed that hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers money had been wasted on a war which had failed to deliver any real reconstruction, governance or security.
Rather than "winning hearts and minds", Major Miller, who serves in the Defence Intelligence Staff serving Intelligence Corps, said the British presence had had the opposite effect.
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