In my lifetime (and I’m now in my late 60s), I’ve never been so angry and embarrassed by the UK Government and it’s lack of leadership. You know it’s bad when the US President has a dig, how dare he…but then who can blame him?!
This got me thinking about one of the biggest travesties of the wars of the last 20 odd years…the inept US led “corporate wars.”
During that time I watched middle ranking British officers, many with bright career paths, choose to leave the military due to their own senior ranks incompetence…that would be the political Generals playing their political games by wearing their political hats instead of their military ones.
Some of the military acts of leadership in places like Afghanistan and Iraq was absolutely astonishing.
Because of that, the army lost some of it’s best middle ranking officers, those from senior major to full colonel…forever.
Back around 2010, two such officers got in touch with me. We met for coffee and a chat. One was British, the other American, and both half colonels…but both working together in a staff job in the UK. Their aim, to leave their respective armed forces and form a security company together. At the time there were dozens and dozens of companies already clambering for security contracts while self regulating as an industry.
I asked them if they’d be interested in getting into politics…they both laughed…private security and making money was their game. A fair one given the climate at that time. They just wanted to run their ideas past me as I’d been working in the areas that they were interested in.
I don’t know if they followed their idea through, and indeed how they got on and what they are doing today? But it’s men like them, who had enough of weak military leadership, and were willing to show their integrity by cutting short their military careers instead of letting those under their commands down any longer.
No military including the British can afford middle ranking officers, especially good ones to leave early…the only outcome is that it’s the military’s loss. Time inside equals experience, confidence and great leadership…but only if you are the type who are willing to stand up for it.
So, it’s individuals like these, male and female who have left their military careers early for the reasons stated above, delved into a new career path, and spent a few years tasting the outside world as a civilian, who in my view should consider getting into politics.
A good mix of ex commissioned military middle management and individuals from other backgrounds may well bring the word integrity back into government.
They had what it took to get into middle management of the commissioned kind, and have the guts to leave when they know that they are not willing to play along with the political game as a middle military manager. So what better individual or group of individuals to have in government. They have tasted the filth of those corporate wars from the inside. At the coalface…breathing in, seeing, feeling, smelling and tasting the blood. Not just of the enemy, but more importantly of their own young men and women too.
In my humble opinion, they were fu**** by their own government, and they were fu**** by their own generals…what a great time for these individuals to choose politics and ensure that not just the military, but that the country never gets fu**** by their own political leadership ever again!