Send our best – the NZSAS – and stop the obfuscation

John Key needs to stop considering and send our best troops to hurry up the process of getting these Daesh jihadi scumbags on the fast track to meeting Allah and the 72 virgin goats that are waiting for them.

John Key has revealed he considered sending the Special Air Service, or SAS, to Iraq instead of extending the military trainers’ deployment.

The SAS is New Zealand’s most elite military unit, and Mr Key said the United States has specifically asked for its elite troops in the fight against Islamic State.

He said all options were on the table as the Government looked at what to do in Iraq.

“[The SAS] could have gone there in a training role or other roles, and at the moment we don’t think that is appropriate,” Mr Key said.  

“We looked at the range of possibilities, of which that was just one, and measured that against the possibility of doing nothing, pulling people out and saying ‘that’s enough’.

“I just took the view that we needed to do a bit more. I accepted that some people would criticise me for that but I think in the end I can’t let the fact that we are staying a bit longer than we originally thought make me make a decision which would be a purely thought out decision of putting people in harm’s way. Better to take whatever flak comes my way of extending their mission.”

Instead of sending in the SAS, Mr Key opted to keep the 143 Kiwi personnel in Iraq until the end of 2018.

Asked if he would rule out sending in the SAS in the future, Mr Key said: “I’ve learnt the hard way not to make blanket statements”.

Yet again, Patrick Gower makes a disgrace of himself by trying to pin a flip-flop on John Key.

What John Key is doing here, though, is flying a kite to see what the reaction is from anyone but the Media party and the left-wing, who are naturally howling like air raid sirens.



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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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