In 2006, the talking points from London and Washington insisted: we had won the war in Afghanistan, and Iraq was not in civil war. To say otherwise was apostasy.
In 2006, British Defense Secretary John Reid was famously quoted on Afghanistan:
“We are in the south to help and protect the Afghan people construct their own democracy.
“We would be perfectly happy to leave in three years and without firing one shot because our job is to protect the reconstruction.”
Adversaries made Mr. Reid’s comment more infamous by misquoting him that British forces would leave “without a single shot being fired.”
By 2008, the British alone had fired 4 million shots. They were just getting warmed up. Nor was this the first British intervention in Afghanistan. Coalition Casualties from 2009-2012 eclipsed those from the first eight years by more than two-fold. Today the casualties continue. For what?