More British troops are being sent to Afghanistan – to appease Trump | Simon Jenkins

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Why is no politician of any party brave enough to challenge the UK’s continued involvement in this distant and hopeless war?

Four hundred and forty British troops are about to leave for Afghanistan to help fight the Taliban. Could someone explain why? It is now four years since British troops “left” that country, after 13 long years and £40bn of fighting, culminating in defeat in Helmand. In 2014, Nato formally ended its retaliation for Afghanistan harbouring Osama bin Laden. It said it would withdraw and leave a new Afghan government to its own devices.

Yet not one British politician – Conservative or Labour – can bring themselves to challenge Britain’s continued involvement in this war; including this month’s doubling of troop numbers. All are afflicted with that old post-imperial tic, wanting to punch above their weight, set the world to rights, not seem weak in public? Afghanistan is not a defence policy, it is a rash, a virus, a disease of misused power.

Related: The US and Afghanistan: can’t win the war, can’t stop it, can’t leave

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