Open-ended commitment to send in more troops leaves US and allies without clear mission in middle of worsening conflict

Donald Trump has probably never heard of the Grand Old Duke of York and his famous 10,000 men. But in spelling out his new Afghan strategy, the US president gave a good impersonation of that symbol of military muddle-headedness, incompetence and futility immortalised in the popular English nursery rhyme.

By marching US troops back up the Afghan hill, having previously solemnly vowing to march them down and out of the country, Trump risks the worst of both worlds: leaving the US and its allies neither up nor down, without a clearly defined mission, and stuck in the middle of a worsening conflict.

Continue reading…

Facebook Comments

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.