Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Brown Comes Up Short....

Sir Richard Dannatt

After reading a few newspaper websites this morning I came across a story from the former head of the army, General Sir Richard Dannatt.

He claims that Gordon Brown refused to send an extra 2000 troops to Afghanistan against military advice, although this has been denied by Downing Street. Sir Dannatt has repeatedly spoken out against supply shortages and had finally had enough when he had to borrow an American Black Hawk Down helicopter to complete his farwell tour of Afghanistan, clearly demonstrating a lack of UK helicopters.

The lack of supplies and personnel is something General Dannatt has spoken of before and is something he pursued right up to his retirement in August 2009. Here's an article one month before his retirement: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/5848881/General-Sir-Richard-Dannatt-more-troops-needed-in-Afghanistan.html#

I'm sure Mr Brown and his government are doing their best to help the soldiers who are putting their lives on the line for this country, but I think when there are clear shortages of supplies and personnel then they need to step up and support the troops at all costs.

After all, Brown isn't fighting a war everyday, he's just fighting to save his position as Prime Minister.

Here are some of today's articles: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8291935.stm, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/Afghanistan/article6862777.ece

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