Public rows between the military and their political bosses are seldom edifying and usually only stir up resentment. As a rule, generals do not take kindly to having their advice rejected by politicians, and ministers dislike being told what to do by a man in a well-pressed uniform and polished shoes.
Thus the spat between General Sir Richard Dannatt, who recently retired as Chief of the General Staff, and No 10 over troop numbers in Afghanistan is dangerous. We are in extraordinary times. This country has been engaged in two wars in six years, with one likely to continue for another three to five years with rising casualties.… Seguir leyendo »