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Defence chief attacks Armed Forces cuts - Telegraph
For all the good it'll do. But nice to see.
Good to hear, let's hope he has the balls to highlight the same issues to the people who can actually do something about it.
It's refreshing to see the headshed gradually stepping away from the culture of "suffer in silence and bash on regardless" that ultimately led to the British defeats in Basra and Helmand.
Sadly, the two recent failed campaigns only led to further cuts in capability and neither expectations or commitments have been reduced to reflect the cuts. It leaves me wondering just how bad things need to get before someone sits up and takes note.
Their all in it to further theor own careers, none of them give a ****. Yes we have better equipment since all the problems with lack of kit in iraq but the top and bottom of it is that the forces will be less capable due to lack of manpower. Good kit is great, but it's no good when we don't have people to use it.
Perhaps it's a reflection of justhow bad things have got. He makes some good points. Now watch them get spun.
What are the chances that he'll soon be taking early retirement soon?
Oh, you're so cynical......
"David will you please close the door on your way out,thank you".
It's a shame,but well said.
Lord alone knows, I don't often agree with Con Coughlin, but on this occasion I think that he is right:
We couldn't intervene in Syria even if we wanted to – Telegraph Blogs
Mr Camerloony and Willy Vague and Pals will be like a bunch of 'poodles' yapping and jumping up and down, and wee-ing all over the place, awaiting for Mr Barry to tell them how high and for how long they have to jump.
Mr Camerloony et all, want to be War Leaders, no doubt in the Churchillian sense, be Hoare Leaders just like G Dubya Bush Junior. The suggestions (alleged at this point in time), that we, the UK might be 'involved' at some stage in the future in 'Syriana', as 'humanitarian aid', or as NATO led UN Peace keepers, is quite frankly, is idiocy on stilts.
One is sure that Camerloony and Pals have been re-reading too many Rudyard Kipling books about Queen Vicky's British Raj, the stories about "Soldier Three", the North West Frontier and 'Ghanistan, and the 'Great Game'. If the illegal war in the i-Wrack, then that other sandy, dusty place 'Ghanistan don't teach them the lessons of History about that place, then they will never learn.
It could all end up here... In the Khazi of History, and what a mess!!
Hmmm. Expect an announcement on the T26 to come through with the T26 lite also mooted as an OPV.
The point about keeping the Braid? Protecting his own, but nicely spun.
Read the whole article, beyond the headline, and consider it properly - it is really pretty crap. He does not actually say "we need more DD/FF". What he says is, we need to be able to send cheaper vessels to do anti-piracy. The RN have been against this for years, as the replacement (note: replacement - he is not asking for more ships) of DD/FF with Corvettes or similar would drastically reduce their ability to do any 'real' warfighting. He's playing a crafty, land-centric game here - and no mention of Air at all.
He then goes on at length about how the armed forces need more, not fewer, Senior Officers as numbers shrink, in order to 'maintain influence'. Taken to its logical conclusion, there's only a requirement for one post - his - which would be able to do everything. Does the Army need more Cols/Brigs/Generals? Aren't their too many already? He's going against the concensus here, that's for sure. Unsurprising, as the man's ego is boundless, as befits he who personally rescued Sierra Leone, etc, etc. But at least, as the thread title implies, he is being honest. He honestly thinks we need more Generals/Admirals/Air Marshals.
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