Would you take the word of a occupation deputy governor of a region of Iraq who also started a charity in Afghanistan and wrote a best seller about his experiences? No it’s not General Petraeus. It’s not even an American. It’s a Tory candidate for MP – one Rory Stewart (Can I call him Rory the Tory?) who is seen as a future occupant of Number 10 Downing Street.
Here’s what Stewart says about troops in Afghanistan:
Stewart has also delivered an uncomfortable message for Cameron, questioning U.K. and U.S. wisdom on the Afghan war, with a call for NATO to sharply reduce troop numbers.
“We’ve got some responsibilities, some obligations, some interests in Afghanistan, but they’re not huge and they’re not worth plunging 100,000 troops in to,” said Stewart, who has held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Gen. Stanley McCrystal and Gen. David Petraeus. His views are in sharp contrast to Cameron.
David Cameron is the Conservative Party leader. The Tories are ahead in the polls. I still like the UKIP but I am glad to read about the young conservatives who want to remake the party and Britain. They may be on the right track at last.