This is what we are fighting for in Afghanistan?
Afghan poll picture darkens with run-off looming
International observers have called for an election run-off in Afghanistan after a UN-backed fraud watchdog invalidated tens of thousands of votes for President Hamid Karzai from August's disputed first round.
All John Key is saying, is give war a chance! We don’t need to worry about our troops being involved in torture because the Afghan Government has ‘promised’ our Optimist-in-chief that they won’t be used to do anything other than kill terrorists.
R-I-G-H-T, this is the same Afghan Government that is currently believed to have stolen the recent election, that is who our medicatedly optimistic Prime Ministers has a firm assurance from? This is the same Prime Minister who is pulling our reconstruction teams out to replace them with the SAS because bullets are cheaper than building schools?
Okay, let’s have a look at our Optimist-in-Chief’s actual strategy behind sending the SAS back into Afghanistan.
They are on an 18 month deployment while we are pulling back on the reconstruction team and look most likely to be replacing the Dutch troops in the Uruzgan province and will most likely adopt what the Dutch were doing which was hunting down forces who launch attacks on coalition forces.
Professor Thomas Johnson on Morning Report attacked the decision to pull reconstruction teams out of Bamiyan describing sending in the SAS while pulling out the reconstruction team as the “Exact wrong thing to do”. The British say it will take 40 years to ‘win’ in Afghanistan, the US say it will be a minimum of 10 years, our Prime Minister claims that the reason we are sending in the SAS is to stabilize Afghanistan and to combat global terrorism. Key stated at the press conference that the SAS wouldn’t need to be redeployed past 2011 because, and I quote, “I’m more optimistic than that”. Christ, I’m ‘optimistic’ I’ll sleep with Angelina Jolie but there’s piss all chance of it happening. John Key seems to think that NZ can stabilize Afghanistan and ‘combat terrorism’ all within 18 months while our allies are painting anywhere between 10-40years.
Look we all know our PM is Mr Aspirational, but this bloody ridiculous, there’s no way the SAS can do those things within 18months and it flies in the face of the kind of strategy necessary to actually stabilize the country. Beyond, ‘Give War A Chance’, Key doesn’t seem to have a clue about what needs to be done yet he has asked our forces to pointlessly risk their lives for a mission impossible to achieve.
So what exactly are we fighting for in Afghanistan other than laws that demand sexual obedience from women and corrupt elections? We are now fighting to pay the Taliban protection money…
Are US taxpayers funding the Taliban?
…oh and let’s not forget who we are fighting alongside, the neoliberal mercenary euphemistically referred to as ‘contractors’…
Kabul U.S. Embassy Guard: Sexual Deviancy Required for Promotion
…oh and let’s not forget yesterdays news that the American’s now acknowledge Afghanistan is so bad now that without massive troop increases the West will lose the war within a year…
McChrystal: More Forces or 'Mission Failure'
Top U.S. Commander For Afghan War Calls Next 12 Months Decisive
…right so the American’s now admit that it’s bad, yet our Optimist-in-chief keeps pretending that our SAS will be able to stabilize the country and contain terrorism all within 18months?
Don’t worry though, John Key has had a promise from the corrupt Afghan Government no one we hand over to them will be tortured.