First, Key denies the SAS were in the Kabul hotel gunfight. Then, media reveals they were there and were injured. Key admits that but denies it was friendly fire. Now, media says SAS got an apology. Key ‘can’t rule out’ friendly fire and is launching an investigation. Goff says its time for the SAS to leave Afghanistan. He’s right.
You can’t accuse Goff of not having a personal connection with Afghanistan and a stake in the country’s success. His nephew was killed there.
But what are the SAS doing there? Picking up ‘suspects’ to be tortured by the corrupt regime? Protecting that same regime when the troops that the US has been training for ten years are too crap to do the job themselves?
Does SAS soldiers getting wounded, or killed, confirm that we are right being there, or is it blood spilled in vain?
Keep the PRT there. They’re doing good work, they’re not killing and being killed, and the locals want them. Bring the SAS home.
Oh and something else to worry about – the practices of Karzai’s tribe.