It seems that once again the British public have been misled over one of Blair’s wars. This time it’s Afghanistan where there have been fourteen casualties since the mission started. The public were not properly informed by Ministers of the danger of the mission and the defence secretary at the time, John Reid, omitted a crucial caveat when talking up the mission according to a senior defence official. The public was told that this was not a combat mission and that there were sufficient troops to accomplish it. Obviously this turned out to be untrue in the light of the recent casualties and fierce fighting with a renewed Taliban. Liam Fox, the Conservative shadow defence secretary said:
“The clear intent of the government was to give the impression that the mission in Afghanistan might be conducted with low levels of casualties, and this was clearly at odds with advice ministers were getting.”
This is despite warnings from the military and diplomats that the mission would be frought with dangers. The Government has feigned surprise at the level of resistance encountered in Helmand Province.
New Labour’s dishonesty over the Iraq war is well documented, and it is now very apparent that the dishonesty is continuing with the Afghan conflict. Leaving aside the immorality of Blair’s wars, it is plain that he and his Party are just not competent enough to conduct them.