John Key has admitted he didn’t bother to get detailed briefings before sending our SAS to kill and possibly die for a corrupt regime in Afghanistan:
Hon Phil Goff: Was the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade, John Allen, correct in stating on Q+A on Television New Zealand on Sunday that ‘we didn’t advise the Government to send the SAS to Afghanistan’; if so, what was the advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade?
Hon JOHN KEY: Mr Allen was quite correct: no specific view was ever provided to me by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on whether to redeploy the SAS. That decision was left to Ministers.
Hon Phil Goff: What heed did the Prime Minister pay to the warnings given to him surrounding the deployment of combat forces, such as the inadvertent killing of civiliansâ€”like the death of 95 civilians near Kunduz just last weekâ€”which has led to the growing alienation of Afghan people from the international forces there?
Hon JOHN KEY: The advice was frank on the security situation; it was not specific to civilians; it was just generalised advice about security.
Hon Phil Goff: What advice was given to him in respect of whether most Taliban combatants were local groups operating independent of any international influence, and to what extent the Taliban was under the influence of al-Qaeda?
Hon JOHN KEY: I do not recall any specific advice in relation to that.
Hon Phil Goff: In his earlier answers, was the Prime Minister telling us that he made the decision to deploy SAS troops to Afghanistan without any information as to whether what was happening in Afghanistan today was relevant to international terrorism and as to whether there was a growing alienation of Afghan people against the presence of international troops?
Hon JOHN KEY: No. What I said earlier was that a range of advice was provided to me about the security situation in Afghanistan. Advice was also provided not just by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade but by my departments, the intelligence departments, and by the Ministry of Defence on a range of areas. In the end the decision on whether to deploy SAS troops to Afghanistan was made by the Government.
He just has no idea of the situation but he blithely makes the decision to send the SAS in nonetheless because the Right thinks war is a fun game.