James Forsyth

Ashdown’s plan for Afghanistan

Ashdown's plan for Afghanistan
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Paddy Ashdown, who was going to be the much needed UN special envoy in Afghanistan, until Hamid Karzai vetoed him, has a piece in the FT today laying out how he thinks defeat can be avoided in Afghanistan. The whole piece is worth reading but one sentence stuck out to me: “

We are putting into Afghanistan one 25th the troops and one 50th of the aid per head of population that we put into Kosovo and Bosnia.”

If Nato members, with some honourable exceptions, are not prepared to put men and money into Afghanistan then one wonders whether there is any operation outside of Europe’s borders that they would support.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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