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12 October 2006

Blair's British Army Boss Bombshell: He Wants His Troops Out Of Iraq ...

There's news, there's big news and then there's absolutely bloody bombshell, mind-blowing news.

Here's a Daily Mail headline heralding some of the latter sort.

News ...

Army chief declares war on Blair: 'We must quit Iraq soon'


Last updated at 22:46pm on 12th October 2006

Well, does that seem big enough news for you?

The head of the Army is calling for British troops to withdraw from Iraq "soon" or risk catastophic consequences for both Iraq and British society.

In a devastating broadside at Tony Blair's foreign policy, General Sir Richard Dannatt stated explicitly that the continuing presence of British troops "exacerbates the security problems" in Iraq.

See also: Sir Richard Dannatt: A very honest General

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, Sir Richard also warns that a "moral and spiritual vacuum" has opened up in British society, which is allowing Muslim extremists to undermine "our accepted way of life."

The Chief of the General Staff believes that Christian values are under threat in Britain and that continuing to fight in Iraq will only make the situation worse. His views will send shockwaves through Government.

You bet they will.

Now, get a good gander at this.

Sir Richard, who took up his post earlier this year, warned that "our presence in Iraq exacerbates" the "difficulties we are facing around the world."

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."

In one of the most outspoken interviews ever given by a serving soldier, Sir Richard also reveals ...

Well, why the hell are you waiting?

Here's the link --- just hit it.



Anonymous Griffon said...

It is certainly welcome news, though, I must say I'm a little suspicious. I doubt Sir Richard is speaking on his own authority. It's not the nature of these blokes.
It will be interesting to see if there are any repercussions for him.
I have speculated on similar moves in the US over at Gorilla's Guides

Meanwhile, more straight talking from John Pilger

12:08 am  
Anonymous phil said...

Hey griff, who cares about the nature of these blokes - in THIS case - the end does justify the means. Any means.

Know what i mean? Nudge, nudge ... wink, wink ... etc.

12:38 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holeeeey shit! Pass the fan ~ then duck!

12:56 am  
Anonymous Rex said...

Greater love hath no man..........

A REAL last.

12:58 am  
Blogger bootlian said...

Bravo, Sir Richard.

He's obviously sick and tired of his lions being led by donkeys.

Thanks a million for this GOOD news, plain old ordinary Richard. Heh.

1:04 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

the end is always determined by the means. But that's not what I'm talking about.

During one of Richard Nixon's presidential campaigns, the opposition attacked with the slogan, "Would you by a used car from this man?"
It was devastating because it succinctly pointed out that there was something obviously wrong here that was being overlooked. In that case it was Nixon's (lack of) honesty. (It is TOTALLY illogical to make a bargain with someone you know to be dishonest).

So what's wrong with Dannatt's statement?
It is verboten for a military officer to enter into public politics. This is accepted universally in the armed forces. A senior officer speaking out would know he would be fired, at least. So if he wants to speak out he retires first as has happenned in the US recently.

So it's a reasonable assumption to suspect that Dannatt has been given approval to do so by someone he regards as having the power or authority to do so. Blair does not have the ultimate power in Britain. Did you know that the Queen is the head of the Armed Forces in Britain (and Australia, for that matter)? And beside and behind the monarchy is money. Money from banking, armaments and oil.

Where does the military entering into politics lead to? A coup.

I'm not saying a coup in the US and/or Britain is imminent but it looks like being set up as Plan B, to me

You need to just as wary of your potential allies as you need to be of your enemies because they may be one and the same.

1:11 am  
Anonymous Phil said...

Gawd'strewth griffon, gimme a break mate. Did I know the Queen is head of the armed forces?

Yeah. Like everyone did, in 2Para.

I think you missed my jokey cryptic message though.

1:35 am  
Anonymous xxx said...

See this.

Reaction to call for UK Iraq exit

Sir Richard believes UK troops in Iraq are stretched
The head of the British Army has said the presence of UK armed forces in Iraq "exacerbates the security problems".

Sir Richard Dannatt, Chief of the General Staff, has said the British should "get out some time soon".

His comments have prompted a wide range of views, some of them reflected here.


"I think it is a very brave thing for him to say. I do agree.

More at link.

1:40 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

A new news site worth bookmarking-
Atlantic Free Press

4:26 am  
Anonymous gordo said...


It looks like you're right about the US doing something similar. A panel headed by James Baker (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bush family) has now declared that the US ought to "Redeploy and Contain"

6:04 am  
Blogger markfromireland said...

Well speaking as one of those dreadful conservatives I'm very glad that the people who actually have to carry the can are making clear that there's a limit.

More to the point they're making clear that there will be a reckoning.

It's also very refreshing to see his comments about the anomie that is now at the heart of British society.

6:15 am  
Blogger Vigilante said...

Shock & Awe!
Mission Accomplished!
We yanks will forgive Brits for following us into Iraquagmire, if you just lead us out!

2:54 pm  
Anonymous kiwi said...

I tell you what this signals to me. That Blair is going to go sooner rather than later. And that pretty soon the US will be left out alone on an even flimsier limb than it is now.

4:20 pm  
Anonymous graniab said...

This is welcome news maybe Sir Richard can get his US equivalent on the phone and 'encourage' him to take similar action!

6:19 pm  
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6:40 pm  
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7:14 pm  
Anonymous Charles said...

This is REALPOLITIK we're witnessing. Blair and the British 'Establishment' have had enough of BushCo's traiterous neocons shitting on them, the British servicemen and women, and 'using' the British people in general.

The US administration know exactly what's going on. Whether or not they take the hint, or even give a shit reamains to be seen. If they don't they will SOON regret it, in sevearl ways. Mark my words.

1:22 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Well. I don't know what to think of Sir Richard now. I don't think Sir Richard knows either.

I do know one thing about Blair though. He's history. There's no powder left in his fire-stick otherwise Sir Richard would no longer be vertical.

12:26 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

From USNews via Billmon :-

"Some Republican strategists are increasingly upset with what they consider the overconfidence of President Bush and his senior advisers about the midterm elections November 7–a concern aggravated by the president's news conference this week.

"They aren't even planning for if they lose," says a GOP insider who informally counsels the West Wing. If Democrats win control of the House, as many analysts expect, Republicans predict that Bush's final two years in office will be marked by multiple congressional investigations and gridlock."

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? (and have for quite some time)

12:33 pm  
Anonymous denk said...

granab said,...
maybe Sir Richard can get his US equivalent on the phone and 'encourage' him to take similar action!

but I have to have enough ammo in the magazine that I can continue to shoot as long as they want us to shoot."

6:54 pm  
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7:20 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Thanks everyone. Some extra good feedback, links, discussion etc, here on this one. Please keep it that way - that's what we all want - isn't it?.

And, I really do doubt we have heard the last of the Sir Richard story. I just hope it has a happy ending - at least for all those involved who deserve one.

Also, I may soon be turning on comment moderation due to increasing spam, which I'm sure you see (and spit on) as much as myself. I feel moderation is preferable to switching to the 'confirm number code' method - 'cos I'm sure there are others like myself, who have a lot of trouble seeing & replicating the numbers properly.

9:02 pm  

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