Yesterday Gordon Brown announced he had ordered 500 further troops to be sent to Afghanistan.
The same day the 99th soldier was killed in Helmand. He was from the lst Battalion, Coldstream Guards and died after a blast in the Babaji area. His death takes the toll to 236.
I can do nothing more than offer my sincere condolences to his family.
Including special forces this will mean the UK has in excess of 10,000 troops in Afghanistan. Gordon Brown said he would not send them unless three conditions were met. These were: they would be properly equipped, that coalition partners would also put in extra troops and that the Afghan Government would boost its own security effort. According to Gordon Brown the conditions have all been met.
Why then does he refuse to name the countries which are also providing extra troops? I listened to Bob Ainsworth huffing and puffing on Channel 4 News saying it was nothing to do with Britain. If it was nothing to do with Britain why did Gordon Brown make the conditions in the first place?
Are we being deceived? Of course we are. This is nothing to do with the coalition partners, it's to do with what President Obama wishes. We don't have a Prime Minister who is capable of standing up to the domination of the US and putting Britain first. He continues to lose respect from the people because of this and other weaknesses and until the troops are brought home from this unjustified war, the respect will continue to trickle away.
He has no one to blame but himself.
PS Have you noticed the word war is no longer used in the context of Afghanistan? The latest title is 'a humanitarian operation directed against terrorists and rogue states'. Call it what they will to me it's a war when an enemy is involved and hundreds of our troops are coming home in coffins.