Good morning! It’s Priya blogging in London while the team are up in Glasgow. We will have another live programme from there today, but the debate has yet to be decided. So if you have any suggestions, get in touch below.
So here are a few thoughts:
9 British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in just 10 days, including the first female to die there.
More soldiers are dying more frequently as suicide bombing tactics increase. Soldiers who expected to go there and win hearts and minds without a single bullet being fired, are discovering a darker reality.
The British Government will increase troops, while a former head of the Army says it would be wrong to set a timeframe on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Are they right? Is this a winnable war?
John Reid, the then Defence Secretary, said in April 2006:
We would be perfectly happy to leave in three years’ time without firing one shot, because our mission is to protect the reconstruction,” he told a press conference in Kabul.
In August the same year the commander of Nato’s International Security Assistance Force at the time, the British General Sir David Richards, painted a picture of what was actually happening in Helmand:
Days and days of intense fighting – being woken up by yet another attack when they haven’t slept for 24 hours.
This sort of thing hasn’t really happened so consistently I don’t think since the Korean war or the Second World War. This is persistent low level, dirty fighting
Why are foreign troops in Afghanistan? What can they really achieve? Is it time to think about withdrawing?
The potential First Lady has, since Hilary bowed out, come to centre stage.
Last night, she attempted to show her warmer side by hosting a chat show. Although it wasn’t without some controversy. Many wouldn’t consider calling her husband ‘pathetic’ much of a crime, especilly if all she had meant was empathetic.
This ‘scandal’ does not surprise Maureen Dowd. According to her, Michelle is the new, unwilling contestant in Round Two of the sulfurous national game of “Kill the witch.”
She’s not just a woman, she is a black woman, so doubly damned, as a disgusted Daily Kos noted last week.
Do you agree? Is she being unfairly treated? Or is this par for the course when your husband is going for one of the biggest jobs in the world?
Fuel prices are increasing. People are protesting.
Saudi Arabia has agreed to increase output, despite the obvious advantage of continuing high prices. Venezuela will not be increasing it’s production, and doubts whether Saudi’s move will make much difference.
The Nation says: the cure for higher oil prices is…higher oil prices. Read it and tell me if you understand it.
Scotland apparently has plenty of oil in the North Sea, after reserves were said to be dropping.
So what do our studio guests make of Oil Question? Increase production now? Or keep it steady so that the oil will last longer…