Britain's most senior generals have issued a blunt warning to Downing Street that the military campaign in Afghanistan is facing a catastrophic failure, a development that could lead to an Islamist government seizing power in neighbouring Pakistan.I know that it's common in U.S. pro-war circles to discount the views of British anything, let alone senior British generals and defense officials. "Not Invented here" attitudes, combined with Brit generals being so critical of U.S. reliance on Israeli paradigms that simply don't work, ensure that.
But hey, is there maybe a small chance they know what they're talking about? Just maybe? The peace in Northern Ireland, the Malaysia campaign which has been cited by such as 'Saint' Petreaus as the very model of a counter-insurgency, the very fact that Brits have been intimately involved in the region since well before America was a nation in its own right. Those would all suggest more than a state of ignorance.
The debacle in Iraq, which has taken essential resources and squandered them, is the primary reason Afghanistan is teetering and withdrawal from Iraq is a necessary part of ensuring Afgfhanistan doesn't fail. It's become a question of priorities, of the lesser of two evils, thanks to the Bush administration's getting the West into Iraq in the first place. It isn't a pleasant choice but nevertheless it's a choice that has been forced by Bush's decisions and must now be made. The priority should be Afghanistan and it has reached the point where those who back Bush's stubborn and wrong-headed insistence in "staying the course" have become enablers of the greatest disservice ever done the West by an American leader.