April 15 2021
If you ask soldiers to do totally unreasonable things, you should probably expect totally unreasonable things.
The Australian Commander, John Cantwell was of the opinion that the Afghan war could not be won, and every Australian life lost in Afghanistan was totally wasted. He was on the short list to be the supreme head of the Australian armed forces but he took himself off the list and retired in 2011 with PTSD and wrote ‘Exit Wounds- One Australian’s War on Terror’ in 2012. It is inconceivable that he did not tell the Australian hierarchy that the war was unwinnable prior to his resignation in 2011, which is 10 years ago.
To ask for ethical behaviour from the troops, when there is none at the top of the nation is hypocrisy writ large.