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British (defeatist) commander says war in Afghanistan cannot be won

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Britain’s commander in Afghanistan has said the war against the Taliban cannot be won, the Sunday Times reported.

It quoted Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith as saying in an interview that if the Taliban were willing to talk, then that might be “precisely the sort of progress” needed to end the insurgency.

“We’re not going to win this war. It’s about reducing it to a manageable level of insurgency that’s not a strategic threat and can be managed by the Afghan army,” he said.

He said his forces had “taken the sting out of the Taliban for 2008” but that troops may well leave Afghanistan with there still being a low level of insurgency.

But Afghanistan’s Defense Minister expressed his disappointment on Sunday at the commander’s statements, maintaining the insurgency had to be defeated.

“I think this is the personal opinion of that commander,” Abdul Rahim Wardak told reporters.

“The main objective of the Afghan government and the whole international community is that we have to defeat this war of terror and be successful,” he said.

via British commander says war in Afghanistan cannot be won – Yahoo! News.

Wow… Afghan Taliban’s war cannot be defeated because there are Pakistani Talibans and the war is not called a war by the NATO countries with armed forces deployed there (as terrorist attack against French soldiers has proved….). There are also other considerations as the NATO’s strategic alliance with war lords, main producers of heroin in the country and the recovering of the routes which are use to distribute the drug in Central Asian.

But I feel that the objective of a mission cannot be achieved if you deny the nature of that mission. And this mission is a WAR, whatever Governments involved there say.

Anyway, this Brigadier looks like he is working for the insurgency…. Imagine what would have happened in WWII if a US/British… commander would have said: “it’s impossible to defeat Hitler“.

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Written by Claudia

October 7, 2008 at 7:23 pm

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