Thursday, October 12, 2006

British troops should

"get ... out sometime soon because our presence exacerbates the security problems".

The head of Britain's army General Sir Richard Dannatt spoke frankly in a way that will cause great consternation in Downing street.

He lambasts Tony Blair's desire to forge a "liberal democracy" in Iraq as a "naive" failure and he warns that "whatever consent we may have had in the first place" from the Iraqi people "has largely turned to intolerance."

It's time for us to go home from this folly.. How the politicians react to this should prove very interesting.


Blogger Beach Bum said...

How will your politicians react? Well this has happened several times on our side of the Atlantic with Bush and his cronies ignoring the military officers who disagree with them.
You know what I can't figure? Blair is a very smart guy who should have told Bush to take a long walk off a short pier over Bush's idea about going into Iraq. From what I hear over here Blair threw away his reputation and image as a real leader to follow our American idiot into Iraq. If anyone can explain it please feel free to email or come to my blog. I would really like to know.

October 13, 2006  
Blogger Guthrum said...

This is the first time since the 1650's that the army has intervened. This is dangerous constitutionally but he is right.

October 13, 2006  
Blogger Vigilante said...

The general maybe hedging and back-peddling after this interview. But that is the way the game is played, isn't it?

First you blurt out the truth: (Bush and Blair have got us into Iraquagmire or Iraq-Nam).

Then you apologize for speaking the truth.

But the genie is out of the bottle. Truth, like toothpaste, can't be replaced in the tube!

For myself, I can forgive the British for supporting Bush in his un-provoked, unnecessary, largely unilateral invasion and unplanned occupation of Iraq (UULUIUOI), if they somehow can lead us out.

I say, Shock & Awe, Baby!
Mission Accomplished!

October 13, 2006  
Blogger Etzel Pangloss said...

Beach bum,

Briefly, I would say that (interventionist)Blair could not resist the war. He'd seen the failure in Rwanda and the "sucess" of Kosovo and Afghanistan and truely felt this gamble would pay.

October 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Constitutional crises, what constitution?

October 15, 2006  

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