U.S. Questions Britains Commitment to Afghanistan War

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  1. U.S. Questions Britain's Commitment to Afghanistan War

    Saturday, December 20, 2008

    As the United States prepares for a troop surge in Afghanistan in the new year, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and senior commanders are concerned that the British government lacks the “political will” for the fight.

    NATO Commander General John Craddock said last week that Britain must put more troops into Helmand province to defeat the Taliban insurgency.

    In an interview with The Sunday Times at NATO’s supreme headquarters in Mons, Belgium, he said Gordon Brown’s announcement last Monday that more troops would bolster Britain’s 8,100-strong force in Afghanistan by March was not enough. Although planning is under way to send up to 3,000 extra troops to Afghanistan next summer if required, Brown committed only 300 in his statement.

    “I don’t think 300 more, if you are talking about Helmand province, will do the trick. We’ve got to hold down there until we’ve got some Afghan street forces who can take over,” Craddock said.

    Brown’s decision to pull out of southern Iraq - leaving US troops to fill the gap - and his reluctance to commit to sending a substantial number of extra troops to Afghanistan have rung alarm bells in Washington.
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  2. ...is a wise decision of a responsible statesman who cares first of all about vital national interests and is not stupid to follow blindly after Washington's dreamers.
  3. And now for his next trick the CDS will pull a couple of Light Brigades out of his arrse and deploy them immediatley!!!