Troops home by Christmas?

The British armed forces are deeply overstretched as I have written on numerous occasions. Clearly is isn’t possible to increase the number of soldiers and the amount of equipment they have quickly so the only viable remedy to overstretch is a reduction in commitments.

So why am I not jumping for joy at the news that Blair is going to bring some of our troops home? Is this pull out happening because Basra is now ready for self government or is it just about changing the flags on the coffins?

If the security situation worsens after the first tranche of troops come home will Labour reinforce the British contingent that remain, will they pull them out quickly or will they just leave them to their fate?

If the job in Iraq is done then let’s bring the troops home quickly, if it is not done then can we morally justify the carnage that will follow our withdrawal?

8 responses to “Troops home by Christmas?

  1. This is going to end in tears, for the simple reason that the decision is cynically based on domestic Labour party politics. It is the start of the process of handing over power; nothing more, nothing less.Whether Blair’s idea or Mr Brown’s, it is going to go horribly wrong and by the end of this year both men will be paying the price of their arrogance and ignorance.Not before time, of course. I am sick and tired of watching my friends and our armed forces paying the price for them.

  2. This is going to end in tears, for the simple reason that the decision is cynically based on domestic Labour party politics. It is the start of the process of handing over power; nothing more, nothing less.Whether Blair’s idea or Mr Brown’s, it is going to go horribly wrong and by the end of this year both men will be paying the price of their arrogance and ignorance.Not before time, of course. I am sick and tired of watching my friends and our armed forces paying the price for them.

  3. Isn’t it just like Blair to make that type of announcement on the day that Ruth Turner was questioned again, and within a coupleof days he’s telling us we need to beef up in Afghanistan!Ah well, back to planning how to save < HREF="http://curly15.wordpress.com/2007/02/23/son-of-star-wars/" REL="nofollow">The Empire!<>

  4. Isn’t it just like Blair to make that type of announcement on the day that Ruth Turner was questioned again, and within a coupleof days he’s telling us we need to beef up in Afghanistan!Ah well, back to planning how to save < HREF="http://curly15.wordpress.com/2007/02/23/son-of-star-wars/" REL="nofollow">The Empire!<>

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