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Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Have you ever wondered how military coups get started?

"Self-evidently, if I move in an American helicopter, it is because I have not got a British helicopter."

Chief of the General Staff, Sir Richard Dannatt, BBC interview, 15 July 2009

"I have always said that there's no such thing as enough helicopters in an operation campaign."
"In a situation where you have lots of improvised explosive devices, the more you can increase your tactical flexibility by moving people by helicopter, then the more uncertain, more unpredictable your movements become to the enemy.
"Therefore, it is quite patently the case that you could save casualties by doing that."

Chief of the Defence Staff, Sir Jock Stirrup, BBC interview, 16 July 2009

“For troops on the front line this is the last thing they need. They want to know they have the united backing of ministers and politicians from all parties behind their efforts and the huge task they have taken on.”

Lord Mandleson, BBC interview 17 July 2009

“We definitely don’t have enough helicopters. When you have these modern operations and insurgent strikes what you need, above all else, is mobility.”

Lord Malloch-Brown, Daily Telegraph interview, 22 July 2009

" ...while there are without doubt sufficient resources in place for current operations, we should always do what we can to make more available on the frontline."

Lord Malloch-Brown, FCO news release, 22 July 2009

"For the operation we are doing at the moment we have the helicopters that we need."

Gordon Brown, news conference, 22 July 2009.

1 comment:

Edward P said...

Brown has blood on his hands. We all know he prevented spending on more 'copters when "chancellor". If he wasn't such a coward, he would be in Wooton Basset to honour the dead when the corpses return. What a c**t