Tory MPs are outraged at Prime Minister David Cameron’s handling of the Afghanistan problem.
Despite severe criticism from Tory backbenchers, Boris JOHNSON has defended his handling of the Afghanistan situation. The Prime Minister reiterated in an emergency Commons discussion yesterday that the UK and its allies could not continue to back the Afghan Army’s fight against the Taliban once US forces had left.
He told MPs at Westminster, “We came up against this hard fact,” adding, “The West could not continue this US-led mission.” However, in a seven-hour debate, a group of senior Conservatives, including several military veterans, slammed the government for alleged foreign policy blunders that allowed the Taliban to gain control of Kabul. “It is with complete surprise that I watch us making such an operational and strategic disaster by retiring at this time,” Tobias Ellwood, a former captain in the Royal Green Jackets and an ex-defence minister, remarked.
“The decision is already causing a humanitarian calamity, a migratory crisis unprecedented since World War II, and a cultural shift in women’s rights. And it’s turning Afghanistan into a terrorist breeding ground once more.
“I am sad there will be no vote today because I do not believe the Government will receive House support.”
Tom Tugendhat, an Afghanistan veteran, expressed his “anger, anguish, and indignation” at the “sense of abandonment of not only a country, but the sacrifices made by my friends.”
The Tory MP, who served in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province as chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, remembered his friends who died in the operation.
“I’ve gone to funerals from Poole to Dunblane,” he remarked. I’ve seen decent guys go into the dirt, taking a piece of myself and all of us with them. This week has ripped open some of those wounds, leaving them raw and hurting us all.”
“Let us recognize that forever peace is won, not cheaply, but hard, with commitment and the desire to endure,” he added, warning that the Western withdrawal from Afghanistan risks spawning future strife.
“The tragedy of Afghanistan is that we are substituting a second fire and a second battle for that patient achievement.”
MPs cheered Mr Tugendhat’s speech, breaking with parliamentary tradition.
Mr Johnson also had to deal with Theresa May’s vehement criticism of his government’s performance in Afghanistan. In her article, “Brinkwire Summary News,” she mentioned this.