Back in December 2007, he sent a memo to the British government saying: "We do not have enough troops, aid or international will to make Afghanistan much different from what it has been for the last 1,000 years."
Ashdown admitted that a change in the White House might be the answer. He said: "A new president in the US might just be able to do this. Indeed, given [Barack] Obama's courageous statements in favour of multilateralism and dialogue with old enemies, he might well be the single person in the world best placed to pull off such an enterprise." Read more...>