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For connoisseurs of hypocrisy this was the most exquisite morsel:
Little David Miliband realy is in a muddle, but being in the job only a handful of weeks for a government that is about to fall, he has yet to come to terms with the real world .
2/8/08, Afghanistan was the main topic of conversation in Lancaster House when Condoleezza Rice met the small boy David Miliband. While the two ministers plainly enjoy a good rapport, I was struck by the subtle differences in their rhetoric. Miliband, like all British ministers, never uses the phrase “war on terrorism”. In fact, he never uses the word “war” at all. ‘Don’t mention the war’ is Miliband’s unofficial slogan. Instead, his definition of the international mission is: “We’re in Afghanistan to help an independent country and a democratic country to run its own affairs."
Miliband stresses the importance of building up Afghan institutions and promoting development. Listening to Miliband, he appears to think that Afghanistan is an essentially managerial problem, sadly complicated by the presence of the recalcitrant Taliban.
Rice is much blunter. For her, Afghanistan is the scene of a counter-insurgency campaign against the Taliban on which the future security of the Western world depends. For all the talk about helping the Afghan government, Rice stresses that the military campaign is just as important.
Today, she said: “Our populations need to understand that this is not a peacekeeping mission, this is a counter-insurgency fight and that’s different. The military aspects of this, the security aspects are equally important to what we do in governance.”
Seared by the experience of 9/11, America sees itself as a nation at war. Neither Britain nor any other European ally can match Washington’s willpower or focus, Yet.