The level of public estimation for politicians is on a par with most of the BBC, in a kind of ‘ah well, we’re stuck with them’ disinterested but negative neutrality. We constantly hope that those who bleat, beg and call for our votes actually live up to their promises; but we also constantly see them fail us in almost every respect.
They fail to push for things which are promised, and instead shout for things which hold no need or desire within the public at large, at least amongst the ones who actually think about such matters.
But once in a blue moon, a politician, or in this case a former politician, speaks out on a subject upon which he holds first-hand experience. Paddy Ashdown, a former Marine, S.B.S. Captain and, unfortunately, a former Lib-Dem M.P. has spoken of the need for British forces to be removed from Afghanistan’s failure because “‘It is not worth wasting one more life in Afghanistan. ‘What can be done to stop Afghanistan internally unravelling into chaos has already been done. The only outcome of staying longer is more deaths for no purpose; most of them now caused not by the enemy in front of our troops, but by the enemy among them.'”
As I and many others have already written, we have no purpose in Afghanistan other than to save ‘face and reputation’ for a long series of grubby politicians who have never fired a shot in anger, or have one fired at them. We should fold our tents up, put all the equipment on an air-bridge over Russia, and get the hell out of that nest of vipers!