|CAMERON TELLS THE ARMED FORCES, "UP YOURS"|
David Cameron has laid bare his frustration with forces chiefs questioning the sustainability of Britain's military commitments, telling them: "You do the fighting and I'll do the talking." The Prime Minister was forced to insist that the mission in Libya can be maintained for as long as necessary after the concerns of the RAF's second-in-command were leaked.
But is Cameron right? I don't believe so. It is surely he duty of commanders to question the viability of operations particularly if their men are stretched by lack of numbers or vital supplies? I hope we have got over the days of the 1st World War when troops were seen as cannon fodder whose lives didn't matter a damn.
Ultimately, although it's never happened in this country, the Armed Forces loyalty should be to the people, not the politicians or for that matter, the Royal family. It always surprises me, although it shouldn't, the way armed personnel have this huge commitment to the Royal family. I remember being in the Scouts when I was but a slip of a lad and the same thing was rammed into us then, so perhaps it's not surprising. I come from a family where my father used to stand up for 'God Save the Queen', when it used to come on at the end of programming on TV for the night!
It is sad though that the Armed Forces don't seem to be able to think for themselves. Perhaps this is the start of them doing it. I hope so, because failed politicians like Brown and Blair are lauded with riches, instead of being put where they should be, in jail. If politicians were held accountable for their decisions and particularly, sending troops into conflicts where we have no right to be, then perhaps they would be of a higher calibre.