Saturday, 27 November 2010

Quip of the Day

The Value of Teamwork

We posted recently on the embarrassment of NATO paying large amounts of money to someone claiming to be a Taliban leader who purported to negotiate a peace settlement between the Taliban and Afghanistan. He was a fraud. But in the meantime NATO had trumpeted the progress and likely positive outcome of the negotiations. 

Al Jazeera is reporting that the way for the impostor was smoothed by British foreign intelligence, MI6 which promoted his worth and value and introduced him to the "right people".  But a sardonic American was not about to let the blame rest entirely upon the shoulders of MI6.

Bill Harris, the former US representative in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, told the Times on Thursday that it was not British intelligence officers alone who were responsible for the error.  "Something this stupid generally requires teamwork," he was quoted as saying. 

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