Afghanistan – an aimless absurdity?

Brilliant coverage this evening on channel 4 news on the situation in Afghanistan. There is a report from there, looking at the links between the Taliban and criminality. In your opinion are the British in Helmand , fighting this war with two hands tied behind their backs, like the Times correspondent says? Do the rules of engagement need to change to allow troops to go after the Taliban where ever they may be. British troops actually suffer four times as many fatalities as their American counterparts, could this be partly down to their lack of kit- or inadequate kit?

(Here is a survey on the Afghanistan)

Click Here to take surveyExcellent studio discussion in the footage below, where they look at the situation from different angles. Worth listening to before taking the survey.

Now the Americans are about to put in almost double the amount of troops there. Probably to begin very soon but they need to be careful that their presence there does not become too large, becoming an occupation rather than a presence.

Although many military officials think a short-term troop increase would help, they also believe that it should be paired with improved efforts to train local militias, strengthen provincial governments, coordinate U.S. Pakistan-Afghanistan policy and a better use of U.S. civilian expertise.

Others are concerned that the extra troops could strain the military’s logistics system. Gates would oppose larger numbers of extra troops as counterproductive, said a senior Pentagon official who also spoke on condition of anonymity.

“The secretary believes that ‘how much is too much’ is a legitimate question,” the Pentagon official said. “He does worry about the U.S. footprint getting too large.”

Too many U.S. troops also could weaken the Afghan government’s will to build up its armed forces and take more responsibility, Gates is said to believe.

“He supports the additional combat brigades and aviation brigade,” the official said. “Beyond that, it will start to look less like an Afghan operation and more like an occupation.”

  • Padraig

    This survey is laughable. Britain is an unreconstructed Imperial Power and the person who thought up this survey is an unreconstructed Imperialist if the Unionist ilk. Many of the questions are flawed in their basic premise.

    Britain will soon need all her troops to keep down Civil Unrest in her own parish. She is bankrupt.

    Thank God they will soon be leaving Ireland and taking Slugger O’ Toole with them

  • eranu

    somebodys in a grumpy mood this morning! did you find out santas only got a lump of coal for you this year?

  • dunreavynomore

    Sadly, I must tell you that I’ve been listening to “Britain will soon need ….” stuff for over 50 years and the same applies to “Thank God they will soon be leaving Ireland…”.

    Neither happens though (I don’t particularly want the first one to happen, anyhow) and the acceptence of the Unionist veto on ending partition through the much hyped G.F.A. has probably put paid to the second of your propositions for generations to come.Sinn Fein have accepted and are working partition willingly although they still claim the ‘republican’ mantle.
    By the time they leave poor old Slugger will be well into his big sleep so he will not be worried either way about who takes him where.

  • Padraig


    I have long since come to the conclusion that both Gerry Adams and Martin Maginnis are high level British Agents. If nothing else could convince me of that it is that Paisley and Robinson were both co opted unto to the Privy Council precisely to inform them of this fact…and thats exactly why Paisley did the deal.

    However history has its own impetus and I believe as Pearse said at the graveside pf O’Donnovan Rossa that Ireland unfree will indeed never be at peace.

  • dunreavynomore

    let’s hope you are right (on the impetus, I know you’re right on the first paragraph). Hope you have a good Christmas.

  • Padraig

    Beannachtaí an tSéasúir a Dunreavy.

    Lets hope for our present a little worm turns from the boys and girls down in Mill Bank in the New year, this is not something that can be sat on forever.