At the same time Rickie is saying 10 more years and Stevie is saying 4 more years there is a former United Nations High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from Great Britain who says, "We have lost, I think, and success is now unlikely."
And on the same day Britain's most senior armed forces leader, Air Chief Marshall Sir Jock Stirrup said: "There is a common misperception that the issues in Afghanistan, and indeed elsewhere around the world, can be dealt with by military means. That's a false perception."
Not to put too fine a point on it but I very much doubt that either of these news reports will see the light of day in any Canadian media.
We in Canada now live in a media environment that is of the firm conviction that they are in charge of the conversation and no funny talkin' furriners have anything to contribute. Especially if the funny talkin' furriners say things contrary to the communal narrative.
And they like being able to send their people to hot, dusty places to wear flak jackets and look tough and resolute. And win awards.
While kissing Rickie's lily white ass and nuzzling Stevie's porcine neck.