Thursday, September 09, 2010

Not defeatism, realism

Con Coughlin is complaining at length that everybody who is anybody wants to get out of Afghanistan, railing against the prevailing climate of "defeatism".

Even the "prestigious" London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) - which, Coughlin says, "can normally be relied upon to produce reliable and sober assessments of potential global threats and how to deal with them" – wants out.

This is "defeatism" says Coughlin. But it isn't. It is realism, as I pointed out in August 2009 in Defence of the Realm. The problem with DOTR, however, is that we are not "prestigious". We have that unique property known as "anti-prestige" – the anti-matter of commentary.

But what we said in August over a year ago raised some eyebrows in high places – because we were right (as we so often are - which is one of the reasons why we piss people off so much). "We have had enough of futile gestures and the posturing of politicians. If we can't do the job properly – and we can't – then we should get out. Bring our troops home,"

Now, there is only one thing left to do, and that is to bring our troops home. Everything else is empty talk.