Britain cannot send its young to Afghanistan simply because Trump demands it | Owen Jones

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The US president should not be allowed to dictate UK defence policy

When we will we ever learn? How many more young British soldiers do we have to send to be slaughtered, maimed or traumatised in futile foreign calamities at the behest of US presidents? In the buildup to Iraq and Libya, critics were ridiculed as naive peaceniks or demonised as the heartless useless idiots of former western clients Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi.

What came next? Hundreds of thousands perished, millions were injured and displaced, while extremist jihadis flourished. With the British government preparing to bend to Donald Trump’s demands to double troops in Afghanistan, there are no excuses. We know the Afghan conflict – the longest in US history – has been a disaster. This is a blood sacrifice for the megalomaniac in the White House, paid by young Brits, teenagers among them.

Before Trump assumed the presidency, it is notable that he described the war as a terrible mistake

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