Where is the next opportunity for overstretch likely to be?

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by postman_twit, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. France

  2. Anywhere with a decent swimming pool and a Pizza Hut

  3. Russia

  4. Iran


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  1. With the obvious exception of Op Herrick, virtually all other large scale operational deployments are now extant.

    So instead of all the troops sitting round generally growing bored and suffering serious skills fade, where should the Government be looking to send Ross Kemp next?

  2. I vote Russia. After all, if we're going to dig ourselves into another pointless hole of a war, we might as well go all the way. I just think Iran would be a bit tame after everything we've done so far.
  3. I think you forgot

    Bin strike

    Ambulance strike

    Fire Brigade strike

    Civil catastrophe floods, foot and mouth etc

    outside odds also on Zimbabwe

    also any country that is stoney broke is fair game
  4. Pakistan should be in your poll
  5. Also forgot Africa.

    Rated with 88% of stealth conflicts in 2008


    OK, so there's no Oil, but there's some unfinished business, an african-american in the whitehouse, and the potential for staging a White War for massive media coup. Hell they could still swing the WoT club if they wanted too.

    I'd also still rate Burma if the Junta actually does ramp up it's steady and slow tribal genocide to full scale within the next four years.

    As for Rhodesia - well I eyeballed the WHO report this time last year and it did say words to the effect of, "watch out Chairman Bob, a pandemic will come". Rather prophetic of them i'd say, so bar calls to clean up, Rhodesia has slipped off the radar for now.
  6. Yep. A nuclear war involving British troops would certainly take the recession (sorry - birth pains of the new, global economic order) off the front pages.

    More seriously, I think the government is going to have trouble finding the cash to keep the armed forces ticking over for the next few years. Poll boosting mini-wars like the Falklands will be out of the question for some time to come.

    The comment about strikes is interesting. There is already considerable civil unrest in Greece, France, the Baltic States and Iceland where the government has been forced by rioting to resign.

    One of the leaked memos that got Damian Green MP nicked was from the Home Office to the PM advising that rioting is expected in London if unemployment rises above 3 million. Could we see the army on the streets to stop Gordon being strung up? Could the next opportunity for overstretch be in London?
  7. Overstretch? How about the next Guard Roster at any Infantry barracks in Great Britain?
  8. "Bin strike

    Ambulance strike

    Fire Brigade strike

    Civil catastrophe floods, foot and mouth etc"

    If its any consolation, MOD moved a few years ago to stop our involvement in that sort of dispute. All the local authorities have had it made very clear to them that outside of immediate life saving, we are not there as a 4th emergency service or riot breakers. Its up to them to solve the problem themselves.

    Personally my bet is on Iran...
  9. Korea anyone?
  10. Why don't we just invade New Zealand? I'd happily,err, I mean grudgingly, do a tour of Queenstown..... :D

    Joking aside, I get the impression that Bob Mugabe may pop up on the 'We must remove him' list of things to do in the Foreign Office sometime soon.
  11. Whitehall
  12. Whoever p1sses the yanks off next, is my guess.
  13. *Tinfoil hat on.

    UK :)

    *Tinfoil hat off.
  14. Argentina Please, then Venezuela.

    Las Malvinas this, Las Malvinas that... F.F.S. :roll:

    I reckon the Netherlands and Chile would be in our coalition for a start.

    P.S. Cuba ! :D The entire Island including Guantanamo !
  15. Oh God I hope so, I really do. Put me in charge of guarding the Houses of Parliament and I reckon I can get the whole of New Labour dealt with and their heads on spikes on the battlements of the Tower of London by tea-time. Bring it on !