John Key has to do more than refusing to rule it out

John Key really needs to sit down the Maori Party and tell them a few home truths…it is his fear of them and their opposition of the deployment of the NZSAS which stops him saying anything more than he is isn’t completely ruling out sending ground troops to take the fight to Daesh.

World leaders have arrived in the Philippines for the APEC forum, where fighting Islamic State (IS) will dominate the agenda.

As pressure mounts to stop IS, the question is whether combat troops will be put into the fight and if New Zealand would join.

US President Barack Obama arrived in the Philippines as talk grows of forming a grand coalition to fight IS.

Mr Obama met with Australia’s new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and says IS needs to be crushed.  

“The continuing need to ramp up pressure against ISIL (another name for IS).”

Australia is vowing to ramp that pressure up too.

“We will continue to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with the United States and our allies in the fight against this type of extremist violence, this type of terrorism,” Mr Turnbull says.

New Zealand is training Iraqi forces – but that deployment is due to end in less than a year and a half.

When asked if New Zealand will join a coalition including US and Russia in Iraq and Syria, which could potentially include ground forces, Prime Minister John Key says it is “not our intention”.

But Mr Key admitted he couldn’t completely rule out sending ground troops in.

We have the best special forces in the world, we can make a difference but for the panty-waists in the opposition and Te Ururoa Flavell digging his toes in.

At some point planes and bombs won’t be enough.


– 3News

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.