I am generally pretty sympathetic to those in uniform as one might expect but blaming the woes of the British Armed Forces on a lack of cash or lack of political moral courage just seems like getting your excuses in early.
I am also, in general, less sympathetic to politicians, as I am sure we all are.
In the Sunday papers we have a raft of headlines around the publication of General Sir Richard Dannatt’s new book, Leading from the Front.
Some of the headlines include;
I haven’t read the book so base these comments on the extracts in the press.
Of course we know it is simply not politically correct to question anything anyone does whilst they wear a uniform, decisions are always the correct ones, motivations are always honourable and when things go wrong it is always someone else’s fault.
Whilst we are talking about moral courage, perhaps some of the grown ups in the MoD Main Building, military and civilian, might like to bare their souls as well and own up to their own failings.
The UK does not have a small defence budget but we do have insidious inter service rivalry and a long and none too distinguished track record of acquisition incompetence on a truly biblical scale.
No doubt the media, bloggers and politicians alike will seize on this as yet another stick to, quite rightly, beat Gordon and Tony around the head with, but they should also stop and pause, because whilst they ride the wave of righteous indignation they should stop and question the decisions and outcomes of those decisions made by the military professionals, the good General included.