G B: countdown to leave Afghanistan could start next Year

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  1. From Times Online
    November 16, 2009
    Gordon Brown: countdown to leave Afghanistan could start next year
    Philip Webster, Political Editor

    The countdown towards Britain exiting from the war in Afghanistan could start as early as next year, Gordon Brown was set to tell a City audience tonight.

    He was due to announce that a summit of Nato allies in London in January would set a process for transferring district by district to full Afghan control and “if at all possible set a timetable for transfer starting in 2010.”

    Although Downing Street insisted that it would not be an “exit summit”, Mr Brown’s inclusion of the 2010 date is clearly designed to reassure an increasingly sceptical British public that the Afghan mission is not indefinite. Next year is also election year in Britain.
  2. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Count down to leaving could start next year

    Ok lets begin 30 years - 29 years 354 days - 29 years 353 days etc etc

    Oh is there an election coming up?
  3. After he decides to send more troops? Does one hand know what the other is doing?
  4. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    Anyone would think that there was an election next year, and that a politician was playing with Soldier's lives in a cheap attempt to grab votes - make the tories look bad, show GB as a peacemaker (as opposed to the reason why the gear is so thin on the ground), etc.

    But they'd not do that, surely, our elected (?) leaders?
  5. Sooner we get out of the land occupied by psychotic, drug taking kiddy fiddlers the better.

    I am all for it Gordon.
  6. We've occupied Dewsbury?
  7. Andy_S

    Andy_S LE Book Reviewer

    Setting forth an exit strategy - with conditions to be met? Excellent idea.

    Setting forth a timetable for departure - absent or regardless of conditions to be met? The Basra humiliation all over again.
  8. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    At least it gives Shiner and his cronies plenty of time to get set up over there

  9. Would you prefer it if the land was occupied by psychotic , drug taking kiddy fiddlers offering free training in international mass murder and bomb making ?
  10. Oh good, another defeat which is how, like it or not it will perceived by both allies and enemies alike. Presided over by that spineless prick and his pinko mates.
  11. He will only send more troops IF certain conditions are met knowing full well they never will be. Even if our NATO and Afghan partners fulfil their conditions we will be 'unable' to fulfil ours i.e. getting the necessary kit to the extra 500 British troops.

    A cheap sound bite. Again.
  12. A clear message to the world.

    Gordon has lost his bottle again
  13. Having now watched the speech I have noted something quite new and remarkable. Our Dear Leader has now condescended to dress appropriately for formal dinners after years of being rudely dressed in a crumpled suit.

    Still talking carp though
  14. This excuse has long past its sell by date. What about all the other countries that are hosting international mass murder and bomb making people? Al Qaeda were not only happily running around Afghanistan (and they were not in Iraq either so put that to bed before you start).
  15. I would love to able to think that Brown is sincere in his desire to see troops removed from AFG but unfortunately, the image of Brown poncing around on the world stage with an election looming overides all prospects of Brown and his spinners putting the Troops first!