Now A British Army Brigadier Butts In Too ...
So, a second senior British soldier's let loose with his his usually, oh-so-stiff upper lip. And it seems he's said something that's started some sort of spat with his army's American allies.
It never rains but it pours, eh?
Via their own man in Washington, Mr Matthew Davis, today the BBC brought to This Old Brit's attention, news of the latest bit of 'brass-bovver' in high & mighty military places, thus:
Hmm. How's that grab y'all ?
UK officer slams US Iraq tactics
By Matthew Davis BBC News, Washington
The brigadier said he wanted to help an institution he respects
A senior British Army officer has sparked indignation in the US with a scathing article criticising the US Army's performance in Iraq.
The article, in Military Review, has drawn US criticism but also approval.Well surprise, surprise --- not.
Surely anyone and everyone sould have assumed with certainty that such utterances would be bloody well bound to. Eh? What?
But wait -- there's still some more to come -- and from the same place too.
'Strewth,' one may be moved to murmur to oneself, 'Who the heck would have thunk it?'. Albeit semi-silently of course, simply for the sake of a show of some semblance of civility and solidarity -- whether sincere or staged.
.... American officers displayed such cultural insensitivities that it "arguably amounted to institutional racism" and may have helped spur the insurgency.
Then there's this telling tid-bit, too.
Operations to win the peace in Iraq were "weighed down by bureaucracy, a stiflingly hierarchical outlook, predisposition to offensive operations and a sense that duty required all issues to be confronted head on" ....
Holy humvees, Batman !
What manner of military man dares make claims of this kind ?
Why, it's just an average, everyday, common garden variety, run o'the mill British Army brigadier -- with a proper pair of balls -- that's all. You know, the shoot straight from the hip and tell it how you see it, This-Old-Brit-type.
Now, hit this BBC news link to find out for yourself who he is and what other fat the same fine fellow chose to chew, and to unselfishly share with you.