'There's no fast way out' – Key
Mon, 20 Aug 2012 6:08p.m.
By Duncan Garner
It's the question the Prime Minister has been fielding all day – why can't our troops leave now?
“There is no fast way out - we cannot click our fingers and put our people on a plane tomorrow afternoon, it cannot and will not work,” says John Key.
“I think the families who have lost loved ones would be shocked if we somehow just abandoned our operation and ran for the door.”
The troops were due out in September 2014, but that was recently bought back to late 2013 and now Mr Key is talking even earlier – but that’s not because of the latest deaths.
“It now looks likely that it will take place in the early part of 2013,” he says.
Labour's Phil Goff says Mr Key should get them home as possible.
“It is time for our troops to come home and there should be an orderly withdrawal,” he says.
But it's not that easy – Mr Key says even orderly withdrawals take months and we must do it alongside other countries.
“It's not as simple as clicking our fingers and leaving,” he says.
New Zealand journalist Jon Stephenson, who is in Afghanistan, says the Taliban attacks are designed to force foreign governments into pulling their forces out early.
“There's no question about the Taliban – they are highly intelligent, sophisticated insurgents. They know what they are doing and it’s designed with New Zealand public opinion in mind,” he says.
Within the next two weeks the Prime Minister will announce exactly when our troops will return.
“We're in this now and we've got to be professional and considered. We'll do it as fast as we can,” he says.
But these questions are becoming far too regular and uncomfortable for this Government, and it is now heavily engaged in talks over getting our troops home as soon as possible next year.
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21/08/2012 12:11:56 a.m.
Its a no-brainier - the Teliban are calling the shots and shouldn't be - forget all this BS about professional soldering and diplomacy - the Teliban are criminals - lets beat the Teliban at their own game and show them who is boss!
The free world should organise mass destructive air strikes against all Telban positions now!
JK is right - there is no fast way out - but getting out without letting the Teliban know that their way is the wrong way is utter defeat for the free world!
20/08/2012 10:19:29 p.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
Quote: "Within the next two weeks the Prime Minister will announce exactly when our troops will return.“We're in this now and we've got to be professional and considered. We'll do it as fast as we can,” he says."Restraint from making decisions too hastily just to score cheap political points just as Mr Goff is trying to do is just what is needed - Thank you Mr Key.We are in Afganistan under a coalition agreement with our friends and allies - Australia, Canada, USA and Great Britainand despite these 3 tragic deaths, we cannot pull out on our own.While I offer my deepest condolences to the 3 families of the soldiers killed it should be remembered that when they chose to join the armed forces and be trained to kill - they would have realised that the chances of being killed would higher than possibly any other occupation. They each served with great honour and paid the ultimate sacrifice.I cannot wait until all the coalition forces leave this horrible country and return home.The Taliban are eventually going to rule in Afganistan under strict Islamic rule after the Coalition withdraws. Women will have to wear the full Burqua and their education will cease.For the Afghan people - Its just a matter of Islamic Rule or Western Democracy with basically no choice. I would rather stay true with our friends, and we know who exactly they are.
20/08/2012 7:05:16 p.m.
Leaving now would be a huge insult to those who died and their families. It would mean their deaths were meaningless.
20/08/2012 6:54:28 p.m.
chris wagner wrote:
What do you expect they are proffesional soldiers in a war zone. Its not a dress rehersal Did the govt engage in talks to get the troops home after the Gallipoli landings? Maybe its no resolve because they shouldn't be there in the first place.
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