Sunday 28th of May 2017

pushing the long standing affair in afghanistan beyond the joke...

beazley buzz...

Former defence minister and ambassador to the United States Kim Beazley says the Turnbull government should grant a request for more troops to be sent to war-torn Afghanistan.

With a resurgent Taliban and strengthened Islamic State, NATO has asked Australia to contribute to a surge of allied forces in the country, where Australian military personnel are already serving in training, support and security.

 

On Friday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government was "actively considering" the request, which forms part of a drive by the multilateral military alliance to find a few thousand more troops for the 16-year-old conflict. 

Mr Beazley - who also served as deputy prime minister and opposition leader during his time in Parliament and recently vacated his diplomatic posting in Washington DC - said the request was uncontroversial, given Australia's existing commitment of 270 personnel.

read more:

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/kim-beazley-says-g...

 

In recent history, Afghanistan has been continuously at war for more than 37 years, and we of the West have been fighting for the last 16 in it. Before, we were involved in actually supplying cash and weapons to those we are now fighting, so they could defeat the Ruskies, who reluctantly had got involved in supporting a COMMUNIST government in Kabul, which the Ruskies had not created. This communist government in Kabul came from within Afghanistan, as a solution against TERRORISM of Islamic origin. But we (the Americans and the brilliant West) helped the TERRORIST Taliban (then under a name of Mujahideen) fight the communists who only wanted to modernise and DEMOCRATISE the country and ...

Result: more war and more war and more war... and a country still languishing in difficult conditions with more weapons and more blood being spilled... and more to be spilled...

 

 

a long long too long long time...

Outgoing Secretary of Defence Dennis Richardson said on Friday that a long-term military presence in Afghanistan was "sensible" and necessary.

"We have now moved beyond the involvement in the direct fighting phase. We are now placing emphasis on building the Afghan forces themselves and that will take a long, long time," Mr Richardson said.

read more:

http://www.bunburymail.com.au/story/4659023/beazley-urges-government-to-...

 

16 years of war and basically NO progress, except in the wrong direction?