Former British army chief says ‘we must improve’
A former British army chief has said it is “incomprehensible why the government seems to be asleep” in terms of protecting Afghans who have helped soldiers and personnel.
Speaking on Times Radio, General Lord Richard Donat said: “On the particular issue of the people we knew were at risk, the people who worked for us, the spokespersons, the former local busy citizens. This issue has been in the media.
“This issue has been on the table of politicians for two to three years and, of course, it has been present this year.
“I mean, you remember, in July, 45 senior officers wrote an open letter to the government, saying there were people we were worried about and if we didn’t do the right thing, Their blood is on our hands. It is incomprehensible why the government seems to be asleep at the moment.
“I think the problem of Afghanistan was put behind it. Maybe it started coming forward. But then, all of a sudden, when the Taliban took over the country the way they did it, it went straight from the cooker to the kitchen floor. Fell and we got out of this chaos.
“We should have done better, we could have done better.