Colonel Collins tells it how it was.

#1
Col Collins, late R IRISH, has (on Radio 4) just savaged Blair and by implication assorted Defence Secretaries, civil servants and, AND, the CDS and the CGS at the time of the illegal invasion of Iraq.

The charge he levied at the 'Top Brass' was that of obsequiousness.

The complete lack of planning post invasion and the squashing by the C o C of any initiative by units and individuals were additional charges made by Col Collins.

In a just world this officer's 'evidence' would be sufficient to condemn Blair and assorted lackeys to many years imprisonment for war crimes and crimes of maladministration and dereliction of duty.
 

Biped

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#2
Funny, that's the very fist time I've heard him say anything remotely like it. How come I never heard him say that when he was in the job?

Bit late now he's getting an income from the 'speaking' circuit rather than the fighting one eh?
 
#3
The "We were only following orders" line doesn't wash anymore if he had such doubts he should've acted on them then.
 

OldSnowy

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#4
Does the L of D have a new book coming out? Or are the lucrative speaking and 'leadership seminar'-type opportunities drying up a bit?
 
#5
Funny, that's the very fist time I've heard him say anything remotely like it. How come I never heard him say that when he was in the job?

Bit late now he's getting an income from the 'speaking' circuit rather than the fighting one eh?
Have to agree with this comment. The conspiracy of silence from senior officers throughout TELIC to tell the politicians how it really was, appeared pretty much universal, irrespective of the rousing speeches. Interestingly, of the "strong words spoken with conviction", witnessed the US in theatre far more willing to speak up.

It's all pretty academic now, although Collins' comments in relation to the lack of post-war planning, really make you wonder how far up the CoC you have to be, in order to have your voice heard?

llech's comment is on the money.

Anyway, in other news...
 
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Biscuits_AB

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#6
I was wondering what had happened to the 'Leprechaun of Death'. Does he have a new book coming out soon?
 
#7
Let's face it, without Blair's war, nobody would have ever HEARD of Col Collins. He should be grateful to the Dear Leader for enabling him to make himself into the "celeb" that he has managed to become...

Presumably this outburst is just aimed at keeping himself in the headlines.
 
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Biscuits_AB

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#8
Standby for incoming complaint from 'himself' and subsequent thread removal. The 'wee fella' doesn't like people talking about him. Bejabbers.
 
#10
I was wondering what had happened to the 'Leprechaun of Death'. Does he have a new book coming out soon?
He was one short scary wee bastard - had everyone above the rank of LCpl shitting themselves. Good CO though.
 

skid2

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#11
Ah young Timmy......the impetuosity of youth. The Leprechaun of Death that's great I hope I bump into him in a lift again soon.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
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#14
And there we all were thinking Telic was a masterpiece of planning and efficiency.
 
#15
Amazing how these guys all come crawling out of the woodwork once the pension/title/top job is secured.

As ABrighter 2006 say's why not speak up at the time ?

No doubt all will be explained in a "new" book very shortly.
 
#16
I have a lot of time for Colonel Collins he was a SOLDIER, and an inspiring leader with a good intellect. I haven't heard many who he commanded on operations denigrate his abilities as a Bn Commander or his integrity as a man.
Of course he didn't publicly condemn his superiors or question the policies of his political masters while in command - to do so would have eroded the resolve and morale of his Bn. A Bn he so obviously loved. He DID have the courage to resign in protest at the shameful way the army he loved was being tasked to perform after the 'liberation' with inferior equipment and no defined aim.

So he's making a few bucks on the 'Speaking Circuit?' Why not?
Good luck to the man.
 

The_Duke

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#17
He DID have the courage to resign in protest at the shameful way the army he loved was being tasked to perform after the 'liberation' with inferior equipment and no defined aim.
And obviously absolutely nothing to do with the accusations (subsequently overruled) of pistol whipping the locals, bully-buy tactics etc not being good for his future career progression.
 
#18
I've heard him described as 'worshiped by his Toms but detested by his Officers and Seniors'.

He does come across as a 'Marmite' character.
 
#19
I have a lot of time for Colonel Collins
Me too. I fondly remember his portrayal of gritty ex sapper Jim McDonald in ITV's "Coronation Street". The show has been poorer for his absence, so it has.
 
#20
And obviously absolutely nothing to do with the accusations (subsequently overruled) of pistol whipping the locals, bully-buy tactics etc not being good for his future career progression.
And they were just that, accusations and by the very tabloids we so love to slam on here. They stemmed from a unfounded complaint by a jumped up US reservist who didnt take to kindly to the dressing down Collins gave when he was acting a clown. In his apology at the time the he bragged about being a NY city cop and how he respects the Irish, turns out he was a traffic warden from a small town elsewhere in the state.
 

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