February 23, 2015
Open ended war plan upsets Davis
Prime Minister John Key will today reveal to parliament how New Zealand troops will contribute to the latest chapter of America’s Iraq war.
Cabinet yesterday agreed on a proposal that looks likely to include New Zealand boots on the ground.
Because it is framed as a mission to train Iraqi troops to take on Islamic State forces, parliament doesn’t get a vote on the move.
Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis says he’s deeply unhappy at the Government sending troops to someone else’s war without spelling out clearly what they will do, when they will have achieved their objective, and how they will be withdrawn.
You know we know Ngapuhi was the first to declare war on Germany, before the New Zealand government back in 1939. Yes we have that proud tradition and history but this is a defferent time and different causes We don't know what the objectives are of any deployment. We are sending our troops to in theory, train other troops. And that's just code for our boys getting into fights where and when the Americans want them to " says Kelvin Davis
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