A lot of soldiers that I know have been keen for someone senior to put their side of events into the public domain.
Sir Richard has put himself into the political firing line by talking about overstretch in the armed forces and I applaud his decision to do so. Troops need to feel that their chain of command make military decisions not political ones.
It almost doesn’t matter whether you agree or disagree with Sir Richard the fact is he has said what he believes to be the truth about our military commitments. He is a soldier and his loyalty is to the Monarch, the country and his troops, not to the Labour party or the MOD.
I listened to Sir Richard on the Today program on Radio 4 this morning, it was a masterclass in how not to be pushed around by an interviewer.
UPDATE: 15.21 – 13-10-06
A very interesting comment has been made on Nick Robinson’s BBC News blog. Read it here