British Defense aide resigns over Afghanistan policy

Erin Joyce, a former British Army major and aide to the UK minister of defense, has resigned, criticizing the government’s handlng of its role in the Afghanistan war.  Joyce’s resignation letter was published by Channel 4 News.

In his letter, Joyce said, ” I do not think the public will accept for much longer that our losses can be justified by simply referring to the risk of greater terrorism on our streets. We also need to make it clear that our commitment in Afghanistan is high but time limited.”

Joyce also criticized NATO allies, saying they do “far too little.” In an editorial published on Channel 4’s Web site, Joyce  wrote, “President Obama needs to show in practical ways his appreciation of our effort…For many, it seems that Britain fights; Germany pays; France calculates; Italy avoids. If the United States is seen as valuing each of these approaches equally then I think they may will end up shouldering the burden themselves, with the destruction of NATO’s credibility that would bring with it.”


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