Saturday, October 14, 2006

Straight Talk...



The head of the British army, General Sir Richard Dannatt has caused a perfect political storm by making remarks that were unprecedented for such a senior military figure. The general warned that British troops should come home from Iraq in two years and that Britain's presence in Iraq was harming Britain's security. He fears that British troops may no longer be the solution to the challenges in southern Iraq, but the problem. NuLabour Ministers say that the General was out of order and insist the army must "finish the job" however long it takes.

Michael Portillo, the former Conservative Defence Secretary has said that Sir Richard’s relationship with ministers was now “absolutely compromised”. Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former foreign secretary, says in interview to be broadcast on GMTV on Sunday that the general had made "an honest mistake" and it should be a case of "two strikes and you're out". He tells: "I think senior generals ... musn't cross over that line into expressing political views at variance with the government of the day. He did do that, I suspect not intentionally. He'll be sadder and wiser this weekend."

In normal circumstances, I would tend to agree with Rifkind. But these are far from normal circumstances. We are currently ruled by a government which launched an illegal invasion of Iraq under false pretences and is complicit in the death of countless thousands of Iraqis and the complete devastation of Iraq´s society and infrastructure.If politicians fail to act honestly, as they have demonstrably failed to do throughout the debacle in Iraq, surely it's the duty of a public servant to speak the truth. Although Blair has expressed his support for the head of the army, I fear that the high command of NuLabour are currently scheming feverishly to hatch a decapitation operation against the general. No doubt skeletons in Sir Richard’s closet are being actively searched out. The general’s stance may have infuriated Downing Street, but his candour has raised him to hero status among army personnel. And not just among army personnel...

3 comments:

gitanodemurcia said...

CLAP CLAP CLAP

Voyager said...

We have a Prime Minister who has committed forces to two theatres without ensuring proper funding, and who then announces he will resign at an unspecified date in the near future.

This is a most odd set of circumstances, unparalleled I believe in British history

istanbultory said...

Greetings, Voyager.It is, as you say, a very peculiar situation.

The Dear Leader has reigned over a criminally negligent defence policy. His approach seems to be based on the maximum use of military intervention, wherever he deems it necessary, and a minimal level of resources and follow-up support. TB shouldn't be allowed to resign. He should be impeached. If only the latter were possible...