One to go out and buy/read

#1
In light of the current cuts in manpower to the army that grossly, cynically, and gratuitously ignores the vast overstretch of the armed forces, lack of kit, failure to invest in sustainability, and criminal neglect for safety that all of the above manifests I would reccommend a good read:

Blair's Wars by Anthony Kamfner (link to buy it on Amazon HERE)

The synopsis on Amazon reads:

No Prime Minister in modern times has led Britain into as many wars as Tony Blair. In seven years in office he has committed soldiers to action in Kosovo, in Operation Desert Fox against Iraq, in Sierra Leone and Afghanistan -- and, most controversially, in the final battle with Saddam Hussein in 2003. It has been a dramatic course of action for a man who, until he won the 1997 General Election, showed only a rudimentary understanding of the workings of foreign policy. Combining page-turning narrative and revelation with an analysis of the philosophy underlying his adventures abroad, BLAIR'S WARS shows how this government has sought to be at the forefront of a new and turbulent world order. Putting the reader into the 'smoke-filled rooms' of Whitehall and Washington where the real decision-making takes place, John Kampfner draws on his unparalleled contacts within and outside government to provide a compelling account of the tensions, rivalries, deal-making and back-stabbing that have accompanied inexorable acquisition of foreign-policy control.
Put simply it details how Blair contrived to commit HMF to SIX wars in FIVE years in order to secure "his place in history", and how he screwed over the forces, his cabinet, Parliament, and the JIC as well as lied and crept his language to justify his actions.
 
#3
Not only six wars, but also MACM action to break the Fuel Blockage, cover during the Fire Brigade strikes and now I've just seen this story about provision of supplies for an animal testing lab.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/3914437.stm

Annouced on the same day as the cutbacks! If we can't supply the guys in Iraq with the proper kit at the proper time why in hell's name should we be diverting resourses to this. It's done just so that the powers that be can put off having to tackle these lunatics until later because it might result in some bad press.

:evil:
 
#5
If I was cynical, I'd say this was an attempt to reduce public symapthy for the Armed Forces this week.

But that's if I were cynical :D
 
#6
Bliar is a Nazi. He wants to emasculate any institutions (the Armed Forces) that have different traditions than his brand of megalomaniac meritocracy, where he promotes people he values, regardless of their parliamentary status or public standing.

I now believe he has psychiatric problems, similar to those of Hitler. What would it take for someone to section this lunatic??
 

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