Breaking News - Blair visits Iraq

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Tony Blair visits troops in Iraq

Prime Minister Tony Blair has arrived in Basra for a Christmas visit to see UK troops in Iraq.

Mr Blair is meeting senior military commanders for an assessment of the security situation and the likely impact of the recent elections.

He is also expected to deliver a seasonal message of thanks to British troops in the region.

It is Mr Blair's fourth visit to Iraq. The UK has 8,000 soldiers stationed in the country.

Mr Blair is expected to discuss a possible timetable for the pull-out of British forces with military commanders, including Gen George Casey, the top US commander in Iraq.

His visit comes after a senior British commander warned tensions in the south of the country meant a reduction in the number of troops was not feasible before April.

Brigadier Patrick Marriot said last week security risks to his soldiers were so high they spend the majority of their time on force protection.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4551650.stm



Just who you want to see at christmas!
 
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Pasty Boy said:
Mr Blair is meeting senior military commanders for an assessment of the security situation and the likely impact of the recent elections.
Rubbish. He doesn't listen to senior military commanders; he's there to ease his conscience before he goes off on his next freeloading holiday


He is also expected to deliver a seasonal message of thanks to British troops in the region.
What have they done to deserve it? Stand by for the usual nauseating picture of the Great Conductor surrounded by grinning squaddies, all of whom will have been carefully selected to make sure a) that it's a 'representative' group and b) that no one will ask the Dear Leader any awkward questions. So, lots of Fijians, a Ghurka or two, and a few toms who don't really know who he is but it's better than being on stag.
 
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Oh joy, lots of extra work for the boys in escorts and sy. Just when you are looking forward to stagging on over the festive season.

Cheers Tone.
 
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Not only will there be extra guards etc, there will be days of tidying an preparation , sand polishing and general practising of standing in groups in the correct butinformal manner.

Never understood why politicians visits thought they were good for moral, since very rarely does the MP ever get to really talk to the troops and hear all thier whinges....I must say however Adam Ingram on TELIC was an exception to this and I ended up in the mire for a PQ that resulted from his visit and a frank discussion with my TA CC. Mind you the treatment of the TA 'adminwise' on TELIC was attrocious and the CC was quite right to give Adam Ingram both barrels.
 
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I hear tell Old "fatboy" Nick Soames was vaguley popular for some reason. Bliar turned up last year at Basrah and was kept well away from us! Mind you I reckoned they didn't rate their chances of finding someone out of 140 TA lads who won't give him an earful......
 
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DozyBint said:
Kitmarlowe said:
I hear tell Old "fatboy" Nick Soames was vaguley popular for some reason.
Probably because unlike the rest of the idiots who turn up for photo-calls, Soames has actually served.
have you served? Just out of interest?
 
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Yep.....JLR RAC and RSDG in early 80's then 3DWR/E&WRR from 94 to date.

Done Bosnia in 97, Kosovo in 01 and Iraq in 04/05

I did hear tell that Nic Soames has a sense of humour
 
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Kitmarlowe said:
Yep.....JLR RAC and RSDG in early 80's then 3DWR/E&WRR from 94 to date.

Done Bosnia in 97, Kosovo in 01 and Iraq in 04/05

I did hear tell that Nic Soames has a sense of humour
I was actually asking dozy but thanks for that anyway. Just trying to guage the depth of anti blair sentiment amongst serving/ex forces folk. :D
 
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trojan said:
Just trying to guage the depth of anti blair sentiment amongst serving/ex forces folk. :D
Why? Are you a journo?

Just do search on any of the following: 'Bliar'; 'Dear Leader' 'Celestial Navigator' 'liar' 'appeasement' 'mendacity' 'freeloader' 'cronyism' 'champagne socialist' 'Gerry Adams' best mate'.
 
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trojan said:
DozyBint said:
Kitmarlowe said:
I hear tell Old "fatboy" Nick Soames was vaguley popular for some reason.
Probably because unlike the rest of the idiots who turn up for photo-calls, Soames has actually served.
have you served? Just out of interest?
No. Why?

Edit: I've just seen your comment about gauging feelings. No I haven't served, but I've never voted for Bliar and his bunch either.
 

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Radical_Dreamer said:
Really sorry lads and lassies. Our thoughts are with you! :( What a Grinch.
Seconded - the cant turned up in Umm Qasr but I couldn't be Arrsed to go and crane my neck....I might have said something my Colonel would have regretted.

Sympathies to those afflicted in Shaibah Log base ( where he will doubtless spend most of his 2 hours on the ground - at least the Brits in Baghdad and Al Amarah are secure in the knowledge he won't venture up there - cant) - I'm sure Kathy West and Beyoncé would be made much more welcome. :lol:
 
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But dammit he is so proud of us all does that not make 6 months in 50 degrees with sh.it kit and only a vague idea what your doing worth it. It makes me feel all warm inside sign me up for Op Tehran or bust 06 right now.
 
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I despair.
Maybe he is getting up close and personal to check out the next round of "Human Rights" cases on behalf of his missus?
Let's be honest, it is nothing more than a timely photo call to boost his flagging popularity.
I can almost predict the next publicity shot - oh, that will be George Bush (or Donald Rumsfeld) eating turkey with some US troops in a safe area then?
Makes you proud to be in a democracy.

PS:
Best Wishes and to all our lads and lasses on Op tours during the Christmas and New Year period - you deserve better.
 
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ViroBono said:
trojan said:
Just trying to guage the depth of anti blair sentiment amongst serving/ex forces folk. :D
Why? Are you a journo?

Just do search on any of the following: 'Bliar'; 'Dear Leader' 'Celestial Navigator' 'liar' 'appeasement' 'mendacity' 'freeloader' 'cronyism' 'champagne socialist' 'Gerry Adams' best mate'.
No.
 

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