James Forsyth

Lib Dems moving towards advocating withdrawal from Afghanistan

Lib Dems moving towards advocating withdrawal from Afghanistan
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Nick Clegg’s statement today on Afghanistan strongly suggests to me that by the time of the next election the Lib Dems will be for withdrawal from Afghanistan. Clegg told the BBC that:

“I think there’s a tipping point where we have to ask ourselves whether we can do this job properly, and if we can’t do it properly we shouldn’t do it at all. I don’t think we are there yet,” he said.

Clegg’s use of the word yet seems to be a definite hint that he is moving towards advocating withdrawal. In crude political terms, this would make a lot of sense for the Lib Dems. It would give them a distinctive policy and allow them to tap into public unease about the war. Also remember that Clegg has shown himself willing to play to the gallery before on foreign policy.