Britain's troops take the strain as Dutch pull out

#1
Link below to a piece in today's Daily Telegraph about the recently-completed NL to UK handover in Muthanna Province.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/mai...rq14.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/03/14/ixworld.html

Until reading this article I had little idea of the location of this sparsely populated but vast province. However, it seems that some of us on this site have been there already.

Short excerpts from the article, which includes a map graphic:
...The handover ceremony was a muted affair barely mentioned in Britain. No British newspapers or television news crews were present, unlike in the January elections when 70 journalists were flown out at the Ministry of Defence's expense, or the scramble last November to deploy reporters with the Black Watch when it provided support for the American operation in Fallujah.

"It was a surprise," said ... the commanding officer. "As this is Britain effectively taking over another province, and British soldiers doing a bloody good job."

His number two ... had his view why: "With a general election coming [the Government] doesn't want reports of mission creep."
...The soldiers freely admit they worry that replacing the Dutch could mark the start of a process in which the British are required to fill in the gaps as other nations leave.
 
#2
PERHAPS EL PRESIDENTE BLAIR SHOULD LOOK CLOSELY AT THE FRAGILE AND CRUMBLING COALITION BEFORE HE DECIDES TO SELL THE BRISH ARMY TO THE EUROCRATS.AS WE CAN SEE OUR GALLANT EUROPEAN ALLIES ARE BEATING A HASTY RETREAT FOR THE NETHERLANDS, AND MUCH CAN BE SAID FOR THE OTHER EUROPEAN NATIONS WHO LOOKED TO US AND THE USA FOR PROTECTION DURING THE COLD WAR AND SINCE.
 
#3
Unlike us the Dutch went in with a specific time plan for the operation, this has now expired and they are leaving - it was preplanned. They haven't done a Spain and waved the white flag.
 
#4
Mission Creep near a general election? No reporters covering it. That makes sense of it all. Is this permitted nowadays, saying that sort of thing? I know it won't be the Major's overriding concern but talking about policies etc to the press?
 
#5
Mission creep! No such word in TBLiars dictionary :evil:

So here we are being over committed and trying to reduce the troops we need more off in times like this :roll:

So can you imagine the fiasco when TBLiar cheats us into saying yes to the constitution :?

its all a bag of ballocks :evil:
 
#6
Zofo said:
Mission Creep near a general election? No reporters covering it. That makes sense of it all. Is this permitted nowadays, saying that sort of thing? I know it won't be the Major's overriding concern but talking about policies etc to the press?
Whoop's. Bang goes his MBE. It's a shame as he's a top bloke.
 

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#7
To be fair to the Dutch, they have done a great job there, and took no crap from anyone (unlike the Eyeties in the neighbouring Province :? ).

Al-Muthanna is pretty quiet, and not heavily populated, although it is bloody big. I would imagine that it will be one of the first to be handed over completely to the Iraqis Defence Forces - they will be able to handle that with no trouble.

Unless of course there is another Shia uprising, in which case all bets are off...
 
#8
If it's near a general election the the press are even more eager to pounce on stories like this!

If you don't see them there then email them and ask why.

They've all got email addys on thier websites. Pick papers that aren't pro-BLiar.... ie. Not the Sun / NoTW.

Newspaper reporters aren't under some government conspiracy.... They are just lazy.
 

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