At last a glimmer of sanity in the manic optimism on the future of Afghanistan.
We have armed, trained and financed 350,000 Afghan Police and Army. The hope is they will put their lives at risk in the service of a corrupt Karzai and his lawless police and in the service of foreign nations. They will not kill their brother Afghans for a few dollars a day. They are now generally content to take the money and weapons until the day when NATO leaves in 2014.
Other have turned on us, their future enemy and 47 NATO soldiers have been murdered this year by the Afghans we are training.
The US says it is suspending training for new recruits to the Afghan local police (ALP) while checks are carried out on possible ties to the Taliban.
The suspension of training - which only applies to new ALP recruits - will allow US special operations forces to "re-vet" current ALP forces.
"While we have full trust and confidence in our Afghan partners, we believe this is a necessary step to validate our vetting process and ensure the quality indicative of Afghan local police," Col Thomas Collins, spokesperson for US forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement.
I had a call on this from a Daily Mail journalist. In spite of past experienec I am hopeful that the truth will break through. The press in Canada and the Netherlands influenced public opinion and force their parliaments to come to their senses. All their combat troops are safely home.
Our parliament should recognise the hopelessness of the situation and bring the troops home. Keeping them there a day longer than necessary is a reckless neglect of duty.