You know more about soldiering and Afghanistan than I ever will, but you're too close to the exercise to be wholly objective.
I would guess that most of the rest of people in this country:-
- doesn't give a monkeys whether Al Quaeda or the Taliban runs the drug trade. It does care that we have done nothing to stop the drug supply.
- can see that we are not 'withdrawing',we have been beaten. We are running away because we can't win and we can't afford to keep trying.
- Al Quaeda hasn't been eradicated; it's moved its training bases and activities to Africa. Congratulations, you've been the agent to make it expand its operations.
- If we really wanted to take on Al Quaeda, Saudi Arabia would be a god place to start.
- all the war-disabled soldiers will get wholly unsatisfactory treatment from the UK government over the next fifty years.
I think you are a bit injust to me on the objectivity issue! I am probably less militant or indoctrinated on issues than most people on this forum.
If that is what the UK population think, well:
1. They would entirely justified in those thoughts.
2. We could win but would need (which we have never had!) the political and public to allow us to succeed. That of course will and never was going to happen in the first place.
3. Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and the leadership has been eradicated. They were already in Africa pre-9/11 (just changed names!) and are being hunted and defeated in Africa as you and I talk ###### on a website!
4. The Saudi authorities do a good enough job at eradicating Al Qaeda as a terrorist threat in their own country. The funding through Saudi for Al Qaeda has been massively hindered but could always clamped down further.
5. Can't really comment on that other than say the current care is very excellent.
Shall we discuss something else before NS tells us we are both wrong?!
P.S. Looks like he beat me to it...
Edited by GeordieSaint, 14 June 2013 - 01:40 PM.