And So It Goes…#714

The former sovereign national parliament of what is now Greater Europe’s northwestern maritime province of Yu-Kay ,is about to make what the subservient corporate media calls , ” a decision “. The  ” decision ” centres on the great moral/philosophical question of the present Age. Does the rent-a-politician Dosshouse-on-Thames shame and embarrass the last vestige of what once was British Civil Society or does the dissolute ,venal, expenses-scamming rabble merely defecate on British Civil society as per usual ? Labour ,both Left and Right wings thereof , invariably ,vastly outscore all other parties at being delusional since Labour still believes and behaves as if they were the theological centre of a secular religion. The delusion is that ordinary people think or assume that it matters what the typical western democratic politician actually thinks,does or says. Er…no. And why not ? because senior figures within the Armed Forces know better – the ones who do all the actual bombing and fighting and invading and killing on behalf of parliamentary cretins the world over can’t afford to live in noddyland,unlike most of the rest of us in Society.

Straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth as gleaned from the Daily Torynoncegraph.

However, General Sir Richard Shirreff, the former Nato deputy supreme allied commander Europe, said they would not be strong enough and would need western forces alongside if they want to recapture the terrorist group’s strongholds such as Raqqa.

“It’s not something you are going to achieve with 70,000 so-called Syrian moderates,” he said.

“To take a city of 350,000 is going to need a massive force. Any fighting in cities soaks up troops in a massive way. It’s very heavily attritional, it’s bloody and it’s a grim business.”

Mr Cameron was also warned that any British involvement in airstrikes would be “highly marginal” because the ageing fleet of Tornado fighter jets is too small to carry out an effective campaign.

Military sources suggested between two and six extra jets are being lined up to join the eight-strong force already carrying out strikes in Iraq.

But Air Vice Marshal Sir John Walker, the former Chief of Defence Intelligence, said 24 aircraft would be needed if Britain was to have an impact.

“Can we sustain an effective bombing campaign against IS in Syria with the numbers of Tornado currently available?

“I would say no, we can’t, and a lot of RAF people I speak to feel the same way. We’ve only got eight Tornados flying over Iraq and Syria. If you’re going to do this properly you need around 24.”

 He said that although the UK has around 72 Tornados only a limited number are available for operations because support units are being wound down as the jet approaches retirement in 2019.

He said: “Inevitably towards the end of the Tornado’s lifespan everything which keeps it in the skies is wound down – that’s simply a fact of retiring the aircraft.

“We simply couldn’t sustain a deployment of 24 with the numbers of Tornado we have now. For every one you send out on a mission, you need two more in readiness, just to maintain the operational tempo.”

Julian Lewis, the Conservative chairman of the Commons defence select committee, added: “The difference the UK can make by joining the bombing effort to the challenge of eliminating IS will be highly marginal.

“As the RAF has only a tiny number of strike squadrons, it is no surprise to hear that any additional reinforcements to this theatre will be very few.”


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