David Miliband: How to end the war in Afghanistan

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David Miliband: How to end the war in Afghanistan

David Miliband, the former foreign secretary has written an open letter to General David Petraeus, the new commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan setting out plans to accelerate moves towards a peace deal in Afghanistan:

Published: 10:00PM BST 25 Jun 2010
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David Miliband is the frontrunner for the Labour Party leadership. Photo: CHRISTOPHER PLEDGER
Dear David,
You and I both know the Afghan mission is at a decisive moment. Stanley McChrystal was a remarkable commander who had the fierce loyalty of the men and women under his command. He brought rigour and drive as well as compassion to the mission in Afghanistan. President Obama's decisive action to put you in charge shows the urgency and importance that the President rightly attaches to this mission. There is now a race against time to persuade the Afghan people that the correct strategy is in place and show our own people it can succeed.
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Spin, no need for Miliband to tell a general how to run a war. His use of words is particularly annoying "we both know" and "when we first met" etc. It's as though he is talking to an equal in terms of military strategy. Cock munch.
 
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I'm sure the good General will pay as much attention to the letter as one would expect, given that Miliband's 'defining moment' as Foreign Secretary was flirting with Hilary Clinton.


I feel a bit sick now, exucse me for a minute or two.
 
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If he knew all this before, why didn't he sort it all out when he had the opportunity?
I really wonder how they believe that we can take them seriously.
Revoultion? Count me in.
 
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So Millipeed has got arrogance down to a fine art & advising a US General how to resolve Afghan, he should concentrate on getting the Labour party reformed, if thats at all possible?

I'm sure the General will take all his advice on board, then file it under Kindergarden tw@ts Instructions.
 
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I'd love to see the reply...

Dear Mr Milliband, Thank you for your recent letter. The General is very busy at the moment and is unable to reply personally to all the eager young schoolboys who have written to him on his new appointment. However, I can tell you that the General was very pleased to be told of your interest and should you wish to pursue a career in the US Military you should.... etc etc Yours sincerely, Mary-Beth Brittany Sloth (Jr), Intern.
 
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Not only is this man ugly, he is delusional.

This is impertinence of a degree barely imaginable.

Now that the Telegraph has dropped the alternative name of 'Torygraph', it is trawling about looking for another. I suggest 'Loonygraph'.

Any theories about how this paper has lurched, raced even, to the left?
 
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I know how to stop the war in Afghanistan too (leave?) but you don't here me bragging about it.... Well except for just then.



PS Milliband is on par with dogshite caught in the treads of your brand new trainers, he makes me feel ill.
 
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lsquared said:
Now that the Telegraph has dropped the alternative name of 'Torygraph', it is trawling about looking for another. I suggest 'Loonygraph'.
Any theories about how this paper has lurched, raced even, to the left?
They had a major problem with rumoured rises in capital gains tax- which did go up in the emergency budget but not by as much as they feared it would, the paper, interestingly owned by tax exiles, is running a 'Hands off our Assets' campagn. I also think they are disenchanted generally by the coalition- witnessed by the timing of the David Laws' expenses story.
 
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I'm glad Miliband found time to write to Petraeus, it's likely it never occurred to Petraeus to sit down and consider the problem. It's important for a politican to tell a professional how to do his job. New Labour has tried this many times with great success.
 
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If I could separate myself from the consensus, I'd like to say that I fully support David as a prospective leader of the Labour Party.

The other candidates are foolish, corrupt and incompetent, but he has in addition that special brand of odiousness that will make Labour unelectable for a decade at least.
 
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Dwarf said:
If he knew all this before, why didn't he sort it all out when he had the opportunity?....Cowardice springs to mind, he wouldn't want to mar his political career now would he?? :x
I really wonder how they believe that we can take them seriously.
Revoultion? Count me in.
Dwarf...My bold, and
It would appear that being in opposition, gives you a whole new insight and perspective on what is required to win a war?? :oops: So anything that Miliband has to say, is twice as irrelevent as it was when his party were actually in power 8O If he believed what he was saying, then you may be tempted to give him the benefit of the doubt, but he doesn't...He's speaking for effect, to show us all how statesman like he can be? Perhaps he should have aimed his plan directly at the White house, rather than a military man? It may have been treated with the gavitas it so obviously deserves...Mind you the oval office cleaning lady may have been on her break, and unable to attend to his request :oops: 8O :x
 
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One would have to say going on how we won Afghan campaigns three times in the past its politicians preventing us from winning this particular bout.

Even the Soviet campaign was tightly controlled by the Polit Bureau and despite the lax (by todays standards) ROE Soviet generals were never given full reign to win it at a theatre level.

But to just chime in, what an utter wet c|_|nt, he has a slimy handshake like the most insipid of individuals.
 
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I think you are all being a bit rough on the oy (sic). I bet he has covered his arse and done loads of research on the strategies required - on his Xbox, PSP3, Wii (or whatever his mum got him for hanukkah).

Labour's equivalent of Tory Boy.
 

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