Forget Building Iraq’s Armed Forces – Rebuild Our Own

I read this morning on the BBC website that yet more British troops in the position of “trainers” are to be sent to Iraq. Our government and top brass pulled our troops out 3 years ago. This “off the bus, on the bus” attitude of military operations really has to stop. Our troops and many others have already spent years training Iraqi, Afghan, Libyan, Kurdish and other troops from the region, and we’ve seen the poor results. Why? Because it’s been a facade of building a foreign armed force. We give them basic training over a farcical, unrealistic time frame. Why? Because it’s all political. Then they are armed with no more than the basics. Why? Because one day soon, we may be fighting the ones we’re training. And so it goes on…and so our tax paying pounds continue to be poured down the toilet; money that we badly need to train and equip our own armed forces.

Instead of our “two cheeks of the same arse” political parties looking 4 years in advance because of the next election, how about we look way in advance like China and Russia, and once again use every penny to get our own armed forces back up to scratch. After spending the last 15 years fighting for US foreign policy and making a mockery of “our” commitments, we need to now claw back the mantle of the finest military on earth.

I fear that future commitments for our brave armed forces won’t be against an enemy in flipflops, but against a formidable force beginning with “R”.

Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit

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3 thoughts on “Forget Building Iraq’s Armed Forces – Rebuild Our Own”

  1. Well said! They need to stop cutting our Military numbers and equipment! The money they spending on training others would be of much more benefit bring ploughed into our own defences. It sad, frightening and very short sighted to see our troops being slashed, Regiments disbanded and morale being shot to pieces yet seeing money being spent on help others train their people, I say people because I can’t ever see the majority of them become disciples soldiers! Seems with a lot of them to are ready to turn on those who offer help and support without second thoughts! Unfortunately the powers that be never learn their lesson. Don’t want to see any more young soldiers lives lost, the price we are paying is too high!

  2. Bob , The Yanks, Brits, Aussies, Kiwis etal have been training various “armies” for the past 5-7 years. J. Key has just sent a team to Iraq to assess what if any training etc. may be required/provided.
    Question 1 How long does it take to train an intake of young men in any of the the above mentioned millitary units.
    Question 2 Wheni will dawn on Obhama Cammeron and Co that President Putin has a point- Look after your own.

  3. Right on, bob

    Bring the regular lads home, leave the dark side guys in place to hunt rotten bastards as they see fit, no matter who they are aligned with.
    Start recognizing Russia and China as the serious, big dog threats they are.
    Quit pissing away lives and money supporting people who can’t get their shit in a proper pile.
    And quit supporting various regime change bullshit.
    Question : Bashar Asad and his lovely wife Asma were on the cover of national geographic magazine several years ago because he was the only secular ruler in the region trying to drag his country into the 21st century. Why are we pushing for his removal?
    Hell, if saddam hussein was still in power there would be no need to worry about any iranian nuke program because he would handle it
    And as an American we need to get away from military adventuriism with no input from congress or the public. Nobody knows or cares where we have troops at risk in the world and I believe our leadership has taken advantage of that attitude and embarked on any number of bullshit missions. Who fucking cares about the Lord’s resistance army or boko haram. Not me. That’s just as usual bullshit in post colonial Africa. No way should we have guys trolling around in that hopeless shit hole of a continent.
    Anyway, appreciate you sharing you world view and experiences.
    Thank you

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