David Cameron has tried to use Armed Forces Day to whip up support for the unpopular war in Afghanistan, but the ruinous cost of ineffective military spending is clearly at odds with his government's rhetoric about the urgent need for cuts.
A new report that highlights Afghanistan’s extensive mineral deposits provides fuel for the United States’s military project, says Professor Paul Rogers. But it also signals the existence of a wider resource-competition that reflects the 21st-century’s emerging geopolitics.
David Cameron’s desire to wrap himself in the flag, and to beat a war drum for military force as the “front and centre of our national life”, fails to engage key policy issues on the Afghan conflict and to acknowledge research findings about the public’s desire for more realistic ways of remembering the victims of war, says the Christian political thinktank Ekklesia.
Gordon Messenger is a very modern Major-General. His optimistic message on Afghanistan comes across as compelling and authoritative, says John Heathershaw. But should the Government really rely on military men to sell their policy to the public?
Faith leaders in the US have added their voices to the growing outcry over the new report by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) that finds that doctors under the Bush Administration conducted illegal and unethical human experimentation on detainees in CIA custody.