This has not been the best year for Prime Minister Gordon Brown who has witnessed the decline of his nation’s economy, and increasing evidence there is an equivalent decline in his Afghanistan policies. Eric Joyce, a former major in the famed Black Watch, and an important figure in the Defense Department, suddenly resigned while making clear his lack of confidence in Brown’s policies. He expressed a growing sense of weariness with the old Bush-Blair song that we must fight in Afghanistan to prevent terrorists from spreading havoc in the United Kingdom. “I do not think the public will accept for much longer our losses can be justified by simply referring to the risk of greater terrorism on our streets.”
Since Bush/Cheney the approach to selling the importance of fighting wars has been based on the psychology of fear. When a former warrior reaches the end of the line and realizes it is time for a new strategy other than more troops, perhaps it is time to listen.