Afghanistan summit to plan for withdrawal
The nice thing about Gordon Brown he nearly always, well almost lets the cat get completely out of the bag. So we are now looking at 2 to 3 years for the war to be won, or, the peace to be gained by a truce, with the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. On the threat they can be annihilated by the pumping more and more troops on the front line including 50,000 Afghanistan troops.
Neat plan Gordon overwhelm the enemy with fresh troops and the threat they will be set loose on the Taliban if they don't surrender. But what if the Taliban refuses to surrender and fight to the last man in the name of Allah.
Then what happens after the handover? The Taliban will start fighting again and that's for sure.
A lengthy withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan will start unfolding towards the end of next year under plans to be agreed by allied powers at a conference in London in January.
Days before President Barack Obama outlines his new military and political strategy for the country, Gordon Brown set out detailed benchmarks that would ensure Afghan forces can eventually assume control.
This week, Obama is expected to endorse the central thrust – although not necessarily the exact findings – of General Stanley McChrystal's landmark report. The US commander in Afghanistan is calling for a more sophisticated strategy, involving a surge of around 35,000 extra troops, designed to pave the way for a future withdrawal of American forces.
Brown, who was speaking at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Trinidad and Tobago, was more cautious than the White House, which said last week that Obama's announcement would herald the eventual withdrawal of troops.