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 is an ex-SAS soldier and security advisor. During his twenty years of service with 22 SAS Regiment, Bob participated in the Oman campaign, the Iranian Embassy siege in London, The Falklands War, the first Gulf War and Bosnia. He left the Regiment in 1994 as a Warrant Officer and went to work on the international security circuit as an advisor to media, diplomats and VIPS. Bob’s work in the private sector has taken him to some of the most volatile places on earth including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He is a regular media commentator on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC One, BBC World, BBC Radio and SKY News.

Categories British Defence, British Politics, British SecurityTags, , , 2 Comments

2 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.

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