More than 60 delegations, from Colombia to Australia, Â gathered in Lancaster House this morning to draw up an exit strategy from Afghanistan. Much of it is based on reintegrating the Taleban rank and file, wooing the Taleban leadership and gradually handing security to the Afghan Army and police. (How do you reintegrate something that was never integrated in the first place?/ed)
The conference is expected to agree a $500 million (Â£310 million), five-year fund for President Karzai to “buy off” insurgents who are not ideologically committed to destroying the West.
Will Rudd also bribe the Taliban to stop shooting at us, I asked yesterday? And if so, how muchÂ Danegeldwill he pay?
AUSTRALIA is among the first countries to donate towards a new fund designed to encourage the Taliban to lay down their guns in Afghanistan,Â pledging $25 million.
And the boats keep coming:
Last year we had 60 boats arrive after Kevin Rudd softened our laws on boat people. This year is already likely to break that record:
AUTHORITIES have intercepted another boatload of suspected asylum-seekers in Australian watersâ€”the eighth this year. Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor said the boat, carrying 48 passengers and three crew, was intercepted by HMAS Launceston just before midnight on Tuesday, 12 nautical miles northeast of Ashmore Reef.
Working beautifully. But shouldn’t the Government just cut the pretence and employ not a warship but a tug?
What you don’t hear from the MSM: