October 14, 2006

Bringing our troops home from Iraq?

This is my first post on this blog and I have decided to write about something that I feel will cause a lot of debate. General Sir Richard Dannatt has suggested that Britain should withdraw our troops from Iraq soon. This is a controversial statement but the opposite is equally controversial. I believe that we should not withdraw our troops until the situation has been sorted – but how long will this take? Dannatt has made some valid points. Many people do want to see our troops returned home.

I am interested in the debate that I hope this post will bring up. There are definitely pro’s and con’s to both arguments. I believe that it is our duty to “clear the mess that we have made by invading Iraq” but, of course, I would like to see our troops back home as soon as possible.

Sorry if I have taken the General’s comments out of context in any way. That is just how I understood the story.

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  1. It’s good to see other people posting on the blog, so far it’s just been me and Scott, I hope this is the first of many.

    On the story which you refered I think that we should maybe be looking to pull the troops out of Iraq within this year, I would rather the Americans take on responsibility for the whole of Iraq and our men take on Afghanistan, I don’t really understand why we need to have both of our armies working over the two countrys, it would surely be easier to co-ordinate the forces if it was pretty much just one army per country. Some Americans might be needed in Afghanistan still, just because their army is so much bigger than ours, but I would like to see them directly under British control.

    As for the war on terror more generally and the peace keeping missions in the Middle East I think that we are winning, we have the terrorist down, but if we leave now they won’t be beaten. The Taliban are losing hundered of their fighters every month, losses which can’t be sustained for long. So long as at the same time as the military offensive we strengthen the government and give the people a real increase in quality of life we’ll have a strong ally in the region (as well as the kurds from Iraq who, it should be mentioned, are on the whole very pro-US and UK). Even if the troops are making the problem a little more difficult than it would be if it was only that countries native force then that is something which we will have to put up with because they don’t, as of yet, have the capacity to hold it.

    As a side note, the PM agrees with “every word” of what was said… http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6049126.stm

    14 Oct 2006, 23:03

  2. The general’s comments were that the British forces were a “destabalising factor” in the region, and that the troops are simply considered another of the many fighting factions in Basra.

    However, I somehow have a feeling the comments had a bit more to do with politics than simply a sober assessment of the British forces.

    15 Oct 2006, 14:20

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