Saturday, August 29, 2009

It's a catastrophic success

Read this Boys Own tale of derring-do by Sam Kiley, and then this, followed by this. Hard though it is to believe, the first writer is describing the same war, in the same place as the writer of the two following pieces.

Kiley is described as "one of the most intrepid foreign correspondents of our generation" and he has his own views on the war, set out in The Times yesterday.

There, he tells us, "The government is wrong to think that we can prevail with what we have got in Helmand — we cannot," adding: "But we cannot leave either." He then declares: "To refuse to send more troops and aircraft is not only mad and stupid, it is a waste of lives; and if my experience is anything to go by, it will lead to failure."

Interestingly enough, today's piece from Kiley bears the title: "The Taleban enemy has been smashed: it's a catastrophic success." If my experience is anything to go by, we have a confused little bunny here.