Wednesday, 25 February 2015
ARE WE ABOUT TO SEE ANOTHER ‘CAPTAINS CALL’ ON IRAQ?
Australians for War Powers Reform (AWPR) have expressed concern that the problem of ‘mission creep’ for our troops in Iraq, already in evidence, seems set to escalate, following the NZ Prime Minister John Key’s announcement of the deployment of 143 NZ defence personnel to Iraq.
“Mission creep has been happening since the decision mid-last year to deploy ADF forces to Iraq,” said AWPR President Paul Barratt, former Defence Department secretary. “In August-September 2014, within a matter of weeks, a humanitarian mission to drop relief supplies to fleeing civilians was transformed first into using transport aircraft to deliver arms and ammunition, then to the deployment of combat aircraft, plus 200 SAS deployed as ‘military advisers’”.