Gen Sir Mike Jackson: My clash with Nato chief

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by HarryPalmer, Sep 4, 2007.

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  1. The man's an arrse!

    How is he going to help things (other than his own bank balance) by knocking the Yanks now, of all times?

    If he was that bloody concerned he should have stood up for himself at the outset, instead he became Bliars poodle and lickspittle and prosecuted an illegal war on the Labour Government's behalf (NOT on behalf on 'The Country', who, almost to a man didn't agree with it in the first place).

    Jackson, you are a knob!
  2. Willy waving pure and simple. The man's a poseur IMHO.
  3. Interesting to read; Jackson was described as being 'emotional' during this incident by the Yanks.

    His account (in his own words) seems to confirm this. He clearly had two options:

    1. Obey the orders of his superior.
    2. resign his post.

    Instead he took a third of pushing the blame and responsibility for any decision on London. And this was his 'finest hour'.
  4. In the end wasn't Jackson right? This story has been told before and I can't help feeling that he made the right decision, he stood up to his superior when he felt the order was wrong yes he played the national card but he was entitled to do that.
  5. h_8204, the issue is the Jackson in his book is intimating that he was great, never wanted any of this to happen, he had everyone's best interests at heart, it wasn't his fault, etc. etc.

    People are gripped because he refuses to accept any responsibility for his actions.
  6. Which in another age may have been cosidered mutinous.
  7. He was happy enough to carry out his orders for Tony Blair. The worst British foreign policy error for 50 years. Don't suppose American General's exert the same influence over one's future.
  8. He is quoted as sayig "a big boy made me do it then ran away".
  9. As an aside I had a spam email last night from a Mike Jackson offering me cut price Viagra. Is this something to do with his future employment? I.. er.. ahem.. naturally didn't buy any.
  10. As a serving member of HM forces and subject to QRs and MMl he was only in a position to stae his opinion to the MOD not to refuse to obey orders that he didn't like. Whether he's a saint or a sinner does not alter that fact. In the same way as lots of people say he and the present CGS should resign they have the option of signing off. It's unfortunate that he served under a government that "knows best" and ignores any recommendation from any advisor(including pay review boards). There are always two choices ,resign or stay and fight your corner, being in the CGS's position it is not always possible to publicise all the infighting you are doing on behalf of the forces. I am neither a fan or foe of Jackson just a realist.
  11. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    Still, I'm going to buy his book. Fcuk it.
  12. At least wait a week and you will get it for 2p on E Bay
  13. cpunk

    cpunk LE Moderator

    I notice he comments that 'the whisky bottle was empty...'. I wonder how many people had been drinking from it?
  14. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    Good point. Thing is, I'm at a loss for what to read next. Just done Dusty Warriors and followed it with Sniper One. Cracking reads, both of them.

    Any other suggestions?