Saturday, June 15, 2013
Brit DefMin Concedes - Afghanistan Is Our Vietnam
British Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, says the miserable war in Afghanistan has been his country's Vietnam.
Britain is experiencing a ''Vietnam phenomenon'' as the mission draws to a close, the Defence Secretary said in an interview during a trip to Afghanistan.
His candid assessment comes as Britain tries to wind down its mission in Afghanistan at the same time as Western leaders edge towards greater military intervention in Syria.
''I suspect that the British people - and not just the British people - will be wary of enduring engagements on this kind of scale for perhaps quite a long while,'' he said.
Speaking at Camp Bastion, the main British base in Helmand province, Mr Hammond said: ''You might call it the Vietnam phenomenon: when an engagement turns out to be longer and more costly than originally envisaged, there is often a public reaction to that.''