Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Blair and our troops

Con Coughlin in the Telegraph:
One of the more unpalatable truths about the Blair Government is that, while it has few qualms about placing our troops in harm's way, it does not feel any moral obligation to make sure they are properly looked after.
That's the impression I get too.


Anonymous Steve said...

It's not just Blair that hasn't looked after the army.

Our troops were badly equipped in the first Gulf War and in the Falklands, where they stole boots from dead Argentinians. It's a sorry tale that goes back at least as far as the Crimean War.

Our soldiers have long been the best trained and among the worst equipped in the world.

3:52 pm  
Blogger permanentexpat said...

Steve is, unfortunately, right. It is the prime reason why the wars we fight are always close-run things. Seemingly there's no learning process here & the day will come, probably very soon, when the cavalier attitude to the non-equipment of the Forces will come home to roost. Bravery alone will not win any wars. In March 1941, Churchill said to the US: "Give us the tools & we will finish the job." Neither he nor anyone else was happy that we had neglected to provide our own tools. History repeats itself but no-one learns.

5:38 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

Agree with you both. It's a perennial disgrace.

6:53 pm  

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