Skip to comments.Dutch to leave Kandahar vulnerable
Posted on 02/21/2010 9:43:19 PM PST by world weary
With the collapse of the Dutch government this weekend, its 1,600 soldiers are set to be withdrawn from the Taliban-ridden Afghan south shortly before Canada's 2,800 troops leave, creating a dangerous military vacuum there, the Prime Minister warned.
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Given their extensive problems at home, I consider the Dutch a liability, not an asset. It’s probably best that they and the Canuckistanis both go home...
That’s just great, and my son has been alerted to deploy there next month for a 9 month rotation (AF)...
Thing is...everyone is leaving in 2011. I think the article is more fearmongering than anything else. The Globe is a fairly liberal rag in Canada, saying that Kandahar is going to be vulnurable after the forces leave is a little misleading, we’re going to have to leave eventually and that will leave the whole of Afghanistan vulurable. The real test of victory doesn’t occur until we do leave and the Afghanistan government stands on its own.
I wouldn’t take too much away from this article, its a fear mongering piece put out by Liberals intended to shame the Conservative government in Canada into staying...despite the fact that it was the Liberals who wanted a firm deadline for withdrawl from Afghanistan in the first place. The Dutch don’t really have a choice in the matter as their government has fallen over the issue and they are headed to a new election. From what I understand the liberal government they have now was partnered with a conservative party to form the government, their country has been moving to the right lately, so maybe after the election, the decision on staying might change.
the Dutch pullout will severely affect the Kandahar hashish sales volumes
now that the Dutch gov’t has collapsed
Unless you are privy to some new, that's Iraq.
We have to leave sometime.
Yes, we do. I hadn't heard of the 2011 date, except for Iraq. We are currently rushing to leave Iraq and this place is still a mess.