SoS Defence in Iraq

#1
The new SoS Defence, John Hutton in Iraq.

So what will the man who used to head up the CSA make of his new role and the future of BRITFOR in Iraq?

Given the "show of strength and feeling" from the Shia community in Baghdad, al-Maliki is surely under a lot of pressure to publish a definitive "exit" date for many of the forces. Without this, al-Maliki's political future will be weak.

The new defence secretary, John Hutton, is on an unannounced visit to Baghdad to meet Iraqi leaders and UK troops.

It is his first trip to Iraq since he took over the job from Des Browne just over two weeks ago.

The BBC's Jim Muir in Baghdad said it was partly a "getting to know you" visit to a country where more than 4,000 British forces remain stationed.

But, he said, there were also pressing issues to discuss, such as the future role of UK troops.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said earlier this month British combat troops were no longer needed to maintain security in southern Iraq .

Although he wants some to stay on and continue training Iraqi security forces and the navy, exact numbers and the timetable for a reduction in UK troop levels have yet to be negotiated.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has signalled he expects troop numbers in the country to be cut next year.

It is thought the 4,100 British troops will be reduced as they take on a more diplomatic role.

Status of forces

Another urgent issue on the agenda is the legal mandate which covers British forces in Iraq.

The current UN Security Council mandate authorising their presence is due to expire on 31 December.

The US has already negotiated a bilateral status of forces agreement for its troops, but it has been heavily delayed.

Our correspondent said the British government was hoping to use that as a template.

If nothing was agreed by the end of the year, Iraq would have to go back to the UN to ask for a renewal of its mandate to cover the activities of all coalition forces, he added.
Source: Hutton makes surprise visit to Iraq

Anyway, no doubt we will see the requisite photo op pics in the media over the next few days - SoS doughnuted by "smiling" British soldiers.
 
#2
So that will be the SoS, three women (of whom two will be blonde and impossibly photogenic), two Fijians (ideally one of whom will be female), two Gurkhas, two REME and one AGC soldier (of indeterminate gender).

"In order, SoS, to show to the world just how ethnically mixed and gender-aware the British Army is."

I can't wait!

:twisted:

Litotes
 

the_boy_syrup

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#3
#4
Litotes said:
So that will be... three women (of whom two will be blonde and impossibly photogenic), ...

Litotes
Do you think they bus them in especially? We've got our fair share of Fijians, Gurkas and other capbadges (and very good they are too) but my unit's a bit thin on the blonde and photogenic.

[note to self: speak to RCMO on Mon morning; am missing a trick]
 

the_boy_syrup

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Book Reviewer
#5
Dragstrip said:
Litotes said:
So that will be... three women (of whom two will be blonde and impossibly photogenic), ...

Litotes
Do you think they bus them in especially?
They are amongst a bus full of nurses who are coming to your Christmas doo :D
 
#6
the_boy_syrup said:
Dragstrip said:
Litotes said:
So that will be... three women (of whom two will be blonde and impossibly photogenic), ...

Litotes
Do you think they bus them in especially?
They are amongst a bus full of nurses who are coming to your Christmas doo :D
Well, about blasted time; I ordered them several years ago (I hope they havent gone off).
 
#7
Dragstrip said:
Do you think they bus them in especially? We've got our fair share of Fijians, Gurkas and other capbadges (and very good they are too) but my unit's a bit thin on the blonde and photogenic.
Did you not indent for some inflatables, wigs and make-up? MoD is completely overstocked....
 
#8
As ever, my sympathies will be with the poor b*ggers dragged out of their scratchers to goggle at the visiting oaf!

The photographs will be of one-stars and above showing how jolly pleased they are to see the oaf now directing their lives, in furtherance of the grinning-spiv Bliar's most stupid and unsupportable adventure to show what a really big player he was on the world's stage!
 
#9
Dragstrip said:
the_boy_syrup said:
Dragstrip said:
Litotes said:
So that will be... three women (of whom two will be blonde and impossibly photogenic), ...

Litotes
Do you think they bus them in especially?
They are amongst a bus full of nurses who are coming to your Christmas doo :D
Well, about blasted time; I ordered them several years ago (I hope they havent gone off).
Some of them will have gone off, but some will be nicely matured. However, I understand there is no reliable test for which is which! :twisted:

Litotes
 
#10
Litotes said:
Dragstrip said:
the_boy_syrup said:
Dragstrip said:
Litotes said:
So that will be... three women (of whom two will be blonde and impossibly photogenic), ...

Litotes
Do you think they bus them in especially?
They are amongst a bus full of nurses who are coming to your Christmas doo :D
Well, about blasted time; I ordered them several years ago (I hope they havent gone off).
Some of them will have gone off, but some will be nicely matured. However, I understand there is no reliable test for which is which! :twisted:

Litotes
Not corked, I hope.
 
#11
I always wondered who they get for these photo shoots. Though I doubt REME's would be allowed near!
When I was in, REMEs werent trusted to talk to Journos as we used to make up stories! If the journos were outside the gates, REMEs would be taken off guard duties so we disnt spin some crap! Though we once got some local journos excited about the "UFO reckage" that was hidden in a bomb proof hanger on the base!
 
#12
Onje of the few people I would wish to be killed there. After he is not on our side, he is from ZanuLabour, just another enemy.
 
#13
There is something about Hutton, not sure what it is , but in another time and place, he'd make a fine 'killing gentleman' , much like Gates.

To me anyway, he has a vibe of 'The time to be taking ungrateful sh*t from Johnny Foreigner when my people are getting killed protecting their worthless hides, is over' , again like Gates. Hutton looks like a tablethumper , and unafraid of using harsh language.

How this will translate into word and deed, remains to be seen. Hoon was a fcuking useless twisting waster , Dr. Reid wasn't given a chance in post, his obvious enthusiasm for the boys and girls did for him there, Swiss Des was terribly well meaning, but somewhat ineffectual, now we have Hutton.

I am uncertain of Hutton, but feel he may well prove a surprise , especially to 'host' governments who, while smiling and shaking hands , continue to work against us , using our money and personnel, to protect their own corrupt positions.
 

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