Dannatt C4 News Afghan special-Now

#1
Brown won't put UK on a war footing but sounds like the great man, General Dannatt is on the warpath!

"Too right I am waging some kind of campaign!"
 
#3
In his No 2 dress with aguillette No 1. Subtle reminder he is representative of the Sovereign not the gubmint.
 
#4
I think the man retires Friday 28th August. That weekend`s newspapers should make for very interesting reading....with no job restraints on what he says, the weeks after his retirement will be bad news for some people! I imagine he has a lot to say.
 
#5
rockape623 said:
I think the man retires Friday 28th August. That weekend`s newspapers should make for very interesting reading....with no job restraints on what he says, the weeks after his retirement will be bad news for some people! I imagine he has a lot to say.
Agreed. He got some good body blows in now, when the gloves come off - many will rue the day...

Can't wait! :twisted:

Although I am sad to see such a staunch supporter of the troops on the ground retire. :(
 
#6
Feckin Dickie Dannatt strikes again. What a top bloke can't wait to see what he has to say when he retires. Knowing Sir Richard he won't guard his comments. He was a good CO and never failed to defend his troops.


How Hard?? Green Howard!
 
#7
Perhaps the new CGS should keep his love of Afghanistan in check and devote his time to getting the right quality and volume of equipment to the front line? Government look very weak just now, one final almighty heave, from the widely acknowledged "politically savvy" general?

Congrats to General Dannatt for challenging political conventions and taking the fight for better equipment and support for his men to the British public.
Pity your counterparts have offered so little support.
 
#9
I'm still wary of the 'walk in the woods like Dr. Kelly' scenario. I put nothing beyond the disgusting behaviour of this disgraced government and it's devil incarnate: Mr. M.
 
#10
cuckingfunt said:
I've already booked leave to go to his book signing :D
I take it that publication date is Monday 31st August?
 
#13
rockape623 said:
cuckingfunt said:
I've already booked leave to go to his book signing :D
I take it that publication date is Monday 31st August?
Haven't heard anything solid yet, if anyone does, please post it.

The campaign against him has already been done on ARRSE, but I just found this -

Sir Richard is understood to be thinking of writing about military strategy and the future of Britain’s defence capabilities when he retires. Friends say he will not shy away from passing judgement on the Government’s treatment of the Armed Forces.
SOURCE Dated 17 Jul 09
 
#14
A very good interview....I think General Dannatt's main problem with the government is that he tells the truth. That concept was discarded by this government some time ago.

The interview came across as measured and certainly not anti-government....he was meticulous to state his support for the government's policy and for the good equipment that is actually in theatre...hardly the stuff of a rogue general!

His comment on "waging a campaign" was excellent.

The report from the US FOB was very interesting. I think US soldiers are far more relaxed and candid with the UK media than UK soldiers are.....their comments were quite cynical (although not defeatist or unprofessional) and not the "lines to take" that UK troops are likely to be fed.
 
#15
Shame Brown will not appoint him as Minister of Defence (ignoring all the usual issues of statesmanship) - How nice it would be to have someone at the top who cares, has the power to place us all in a better position than we currrently are and ensure we do our best in order to extract at the right time. If Cammeron was bright enough he would suggest it and then offer to ensure Gen Dannatt is taken on by the Con (sic) Govt as Minister of Defence to ensure continuity in line with a "War Footing".
One thing is sure, he is going to be a hard act to follow.
 
#16
One thing is sure, he is going to be a hard act to follow.[/quote]

A genuine one off, in what has otherwise been a dire run of politicized top brass, too feeble to stand up for the boys. Still find it odd, that officers with fearsome reputations turn into poodles when given the keys to the building.

Dannatt has been a star in his own inimitable style. It says something about his (Dannatt's) endearment to the British people that Mandleson had to step in to pull the dogs off, for fear of further damaging Labour's s**t reputation, when the "former" commies in power were lining up to have a pop at him. I think Dannatt would have relished the fight. Paddy Ashdown can stand down now, Dannatt is the man everyone will turn to if Afg goes pear shaped.

Cameron has a chance to make a very smart move.
 
#17
MrPVRd said:
The interview came across as measured and certainly not anti-government....he was meticulous to state his support for the government's policy and for the good equipment that is actually in theatre...hardly the stuff of a rogue general!

His comment on "waging a campaign" was excellent.
I agree PVR, It was a measured or 'diplomatic' approach to the interview, after all "he who sews virtue reaps honour".

Sir Richard is aware of this and can't be seen to get into tit for tat childish behaviour trying to get one over your adversary carry on, we have seen this far too often in the media over the past months with gordon and his cronies. All of whom appear to have closed ranks, especially since the expences scandal has come to light. However it has been said by one or two MP's that when he [Sir Richard] retires he will be "fair game" meaning that a slur campaign will be waged in order to rubbish his name and reputation. This in my opnion comes as no surprise as this is how New Labour has come to conduct itself.

It is rather unfortunate that MP's don't take a leaf from Sir Richards book and show some self respect, discipline and have at least some moral values when conducting themselves in the political arena, let alone the public eye.

I have never voted in my life, however when the general election comes round I will make a point of casting my vote and it certainly will not be for Labour.
 
#18
Great stuff and he deserves wider support. The only shame is that he was not able to say more earlier at the time when his words would have had more effect, however the fact is that had he he would simply have been sidelined. He is only free to speak now as heis effectively untouchable.
 
#19
Outstanding said:
Great stuff and he deserves wider support. The only shame is that he was not able to say more earlier at the time when his words would have had more effect, however the fact is that had he he would simply have been sidelined. He is only free to speak now as heis effectively untouchable.
He did. That is why he is retiring as CGS, having been sidelined for the CDS job he was expected to get. :roll:
 

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