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Don I have to say that you are being overly harsh . When Hillary was first lady did she not visit US troops in Bosnia? Bush legacy has already been sealed by the Iraq war and high petrol prices at the pump.
This next bit is more of an observation then any criticism. Even though the Haka did make for an interesting news item I do wonder why Hillary didn't visit US troops instead. Don I am surprised that you didn't raise this point . Speaking as a cynic for a moment Hillary would have gained more PR out of visiting US troops.
Still I am probably reading to much into all of this. The simplest answer is the most likely the Bamyan province was chosen for Laura visit due to the fact it is one of the secure provinces.
Don I think that we are going to have to agree to disagree on this because IMO if you view Laura trip to Afghanistan as a junket you have to view Hillary trip to Bosnia the same way.
Originally posted by donwhite
1) Do you know if the NZ soldiers already there are in a combat role or are they there in a construction or education or administration role?
2) Do you know about how many NZ soldiers are in Afghan now?
3) Have you heard how many more the NATO or US is asking NZ to furnish to Afghan?
4) Would those additional soldiers be in the same role as those already there or will they be assigned a new role?
5) How do you think the NZ general public views this REQUEST for more “boots on the ground” assistance, presumably from the US?
6) Does anyone mention how that extra EXPENSE item is to be paid?
7) What material or money does the US “pay” to NZ already, if any?
I read an article a while ago that said thanks to back room diplomacy the presidential ban on NZDF training with the US military has been tweaked to reflect the close cooperation between the NZDF and the US military in the post 9-11 era . NZ doesn't receive any financial aid from the US just appreciation. NZ was one of the first country's to send a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan.
As with all deployments, the Chief of Defence Force maintains full command of the NZ PRT, with operational command of deployed NZDF personnel the responsibility of the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand. The Commander has appointed a Senior National Officer (SNO) to perform a similar function for the NZ PRT.