So why is Obama still voting ‘present’ while putting a gag order on our generals?
The new head of the British Army has given a stark warning to the public of the ‘terrifying prospect’ of losing the war inAfghanistan. General Sir David Richards intervened by saying that if Britain and Nato failed in Afghanistan the risks to the western world would be ‘enormous’ and ‘unimaginable’, with the possibility of terrorists seizing nuclear weapons.
General Sir David Richards, the new British Army chief, said deploying more troops to Afghanistan would enable the Nato coalition to start winning the ‘psychological battle’, while reducing casualty levels.
General McChrystal’s plan is reported to have received a cool reception in Washington where Vice President Joe Biden is said to favour reducing overall troop levels and instead concentrating on limited counter-terrorist operations using special forces.
Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, the Chief of the General Staff said: ‘If al-Qaeda and the Taliban believe they have defeated us – what next? ‘Would they stop at Afghanistan? Pakistan is clearly a tempting target not least because of the fact that it is a nuclear-weaponed state and that is a terrifying prospect.
‘Even if only a few of those [nuclear] weapons fell into their hands, believe me they would use them.’General Richards said that the recent airlines plot reminded us that ‘there are people out there who would happily blow all of us up.’
His intervention comes as the coalition commander in Afghanistan, U.S. general Stanley McChrystal, is requesting up to 40,000 additional troops. In his interview with the Sunday Telegraph, General Richards made it clear that he backed General McChrystal’s broader counter-insurgency strategy, establishing security by building up the support and confidence of ordinary Afghans. ‘If you put in more troops we can achieve the objectives laid upon us more quickly and with less casualties,’ he said.
In a speech in London on Thursday, General McChrystal warned that coalition success in Afghanistan could not be taken for granted and that they would have a ‘problem’ if resources were not properly aligned with the mission objectives. UK DAILY MAIL
But neither Secretary of Defense Gates nor Secretary of State Clinton want to talk about winning or losing.
Hillary mentions our “very decisive Commander-in-Chief” but fails to add he can’t seem to make a decision.
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