In April 2006, John Reid, then defence secretary, visited Afghanistan, where Britain had more than 3,000 troops and was set to take charge of a Nato-led peacekeeping force. He is quoted as saying, he "would be perfectly happy [for them] to leave without firing a shot."
Yesterday the ministry of defence revealed that the 9,000 British soldiers in Afghanistan were firing 12,000 rounds of ammunition, per day.
Yesterday the the new head of the Army, Sir David Richards, expressed the opinion that British forces would be required in Afghanistan for the next 30 to 40 years.
So I guess we had better ship out 175,000,000 bullets for them to fire.
This would appear to be Britain's Vietnam.
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