"The denouement will come only from negotiation. For British generals and politicians to talk of fighting in Helmand "for decades" is absurd, not least as neither the British public nor the Taliban believe it. Like the Canadians, they should give a date for withdrawal, to stop wasting British lives and to isolate Obama in his wrong-headed policy.Britain must tell Obama: the alliance of denial has to end | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian
"To imagine that Britain might have leverage may be fanciful. Tony Blair's failure to influence Bush over Iraq was humiliating. The mix of political obsequiousness and diplomatic smugness Washington detected in Britain then is being replicated today over Afghanistan.
"But Brown is still prime minister. He could act as he is known to believe and cut loose from the Americans in Helmand. It would take courage, but it would be the right thing to do."
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Britain must tell Obama: the alliance of denial has to end | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian
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