Guest postlet by Troppodillian Paul Hobson.
This week news of the death of an Australian serving with the British forces in Afghanistan came as Kevin Rudd visited Australian troops.
As Britain prepares to withdraw its troops from Iraq, Simon Jenkins asked in the Guardian why any more British soldiers should die in Afghanistan.
British diplomats and military experts returning from Kabul have three performance modes. In public they declare Afghanistan to be tough but winnable. In private they admit it is getting worse not better, but might turn round in a decade if only the Afghans were less corrupt. In totally secret mode, their eyes turn to the sky and they declare the whole business a “total effing disaster.
..Afghanistan is proving a classic of sunk cost fallacy, with commanders unwilling to change policy for fear of admitting that the existing one has been a colossal failure.
Since 2001 8 Australian soldiers have died in Afghanistan and more than 50 have been wounded. Perhaps Australians should also be asking our politicians why we should throw good troops after dead ones.