"Poor Military Decision Making in Helmand has eroded Strategic Trust" ex CO 22 SAS

#1
Richard Williams, ex CO 22 SAS on R4 PM this afternoon made this (encapsulated) point at the end of an interesting interview with Eddie Mair.

BBC iPlayer - PM: 20/09/2010 (starts 22 Mins 16 Secs in runs to 33 mins 00 secs only until 27 Sep)

In the interview, he is critical of military decision making from 2001-2007, especially in light of the 2006 deployment and how operation design didn't take into account limited radio range and 6 helicopters.

When discussing the loss by the Political class of Strategic trust in the Military, he references a "Henry Kissenger moment" during the Vietnam war when Generals' assurance on conditions for victory were not any longer believed.

(any iplayer gurus out there know how to rip/podcast iplayer programmes before their 7 day run out?)
 

chimera

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#3
Richard Williams seems suddenly to be getting a great deal of air and print time.

I wonder if he has a book about to be published.......
 
#4
Richard Williams seems suddenly to be getting a great deal of air and print time.

I wonder if he has a book about to be published.......
You're not being cynical, are you?
 
#5
Richard Williams seems suddenly to be getting a great deal of air and print time.

I wonder if he has a book about to be published.......
You might be on to something - This article says he's been banned from camp due to allegations of being Urban's source so might as well be hung for a sheep as for a lamb.

However, since he raised £2mil to start this off and is a non exec director of some firms (heritage oil & gem diamonds) , he might not really need to get a book out for cash, unless he wants to set a record straight, but he seems to be doing that quite freely on the airwaves and to parliament now
 

Schaden

LE
Book Reviewer
#6
"The hymn, which ends, "He will not fear what men say, he will labour night and day, to be a pilgrim", was roared out by the special forces veterans at Hereford Cathedral.

One senior officer present there said yesterday: "In fact, they do care an awful lot about 'what men say'. For men so tough the SAS seem to be remarkably sensitive."


Lol...
 

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