Richard Drax MP - Weymouth to Westminster

Dorset Echo: Richard Drax MP - Weymouth to Westminster Richard Drax MP - Weymouth to Westminster

DISARM at our peril. That’s the lesson from history.

And now, with our armed forces a shadow of their former selves, the Iraqis are calling for help as Islamist extremists stream down from the north, committing atrocities against soldiers and civilians alike.

So, what to do? Well, on Monday, Foreign Secretary William Hague stated the obvious when he said the US was “much more likely to have the assets and capabilities for any outside intervention”.

How right he is.

And while we would never intervene on our own militarily, we should be suitably equipped to take our place on the world stage if it’s in our national interest – and a stable Iraq is.

But since the defence review four years ago, the budget has been reduced by nearly eight per cent.

With the next round of cuts in sight, senior commanders of all three services are telling the government to stop before it’s too late.

Our “assets and capabilities” have been cut to the bone, indeed, “into the bone,” according to Admiral Lord West.

Independent research now shows that defence expenditure will fall to 1.9 per cent of GDP by 2017, and 1.6 by 2024, well below NATO’s two per cent target.

Meanwhile, Tony Blair says the current predicament in Iraq could have been avoided if we’d bombed Syria. Remember, in 2003, he and President Bush invaded Iraq on trumped-up evidence of weapons of mass destruction.

The true intention all along, as Mr Blair admitted this week, was regime change. Consequently, a corrupt Shia government took control, depriving the Sunni majority of all power.

The UK may be a small nation, but we have huge responsibilities.

We must keep our guard up.

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1:52pm Fri 20 Jun 14

livid99 says...

The amount of blood on Blair's hands, and yet he still believes his actions are not responsible for the mess the Middle East is now in. Deluded is not an adequate word for him.
If there is ever a court which will judge on Crimes against the World, then this clown should be the first to face prosecution.
Rather than grinning his way around the world raking in the money, Blair should face a good few years in a rough jail, preferably in Iraq, then swing from the gallows and be buried and forgotten. I would cheer that day, and it would go some way to avenging the deaths of the hundreds of thousands of innocent people and all the British and American troops who could still be enjoying life today if not for his grand ambitions.
The amount of blood on Blair's hands, and yet he still believes his actions are not responsible for the mess the Middle East is now in. Deluded is not an adequate word for him. If there is ever a court which will judge on Crimes against the World, then this clown should be the first to face prosecution. Rather than grinning his way around the world raking in the money, Blair should face a good few years in a rough jail, preferably in Iraq, then swing from the gallows and be buried and forgotten. I would cheer that day, and it would go some way to avenging the deaths of the hundreds of thousands of innocent people and all the British and American troops who could still be enjoying life today if not for his grand ambitions. livid99
  • Score: 7

3:27pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Rogergrocott says...

Same tired, outdated rhetoric then? When will it become apparent to some that we mostly want to see our hard earned money spent improving our education system for the benefit of us all a greater iinvestment in our NHS and a stop this scare-mongering propaganda. In keeping the military elite in the'Manor' to which they have become accustomed we have squandered millions ...and for what I ask ? At least the Scots can decide if they want to say farewell to Trident and look to the future free of such 'Top table' talk.
Same tired, outdated rhetoric then? When will it become apparent to some that we mostly want to see our hard earned money spent improving our education system for the benefit of us all a greater iinvestment in our NHS and a stop this scare-mongering propaganda. In keeping the military elite in the'Manor' to which they have become accustomed we have squandered millions ...and for what I ask ? At least the Scots can decide if they want to say farewell to Trident and look to the future free of such 'Top table' talk. Rogergrocott
  • Score: -2

10:08pm Fri 20 Jun 14

breamoreboy says...

Rogergrocott wrote:
Same tired, outdated rhetoric then? When will it become apparent to some that we mostly want to see our hard earned money spent improving our education system for the benefit of us all a greater iinvestment in our NHS and a stop this scare-mongering propaganda. In keeping the military elite in the'Manor' to which they have become accustomed we have squandered millions ...and for what I ask ? At least the Scots can decide if they want to say farewell to Trident and look to the future free of such 'Top table' talk.
Squandered millions, don't you mean billions? I worked in the defence industry for 10 years before giving up in disgust at the scandalous waste of taxpayers money. The second Iraqi war was a complete disgrace, we should never have gone into Afghanistan, but a bloke who's family originally made their money from the slave trade is telling us how to spend our money on "Carry On Regardless". I'd only be prepared to go to war if the first wave of troops was guaranteed to include all of our MPs. I'd love to see them filling out their expenses claim forms whilst sheltering from the incoming fire. Then when the Americans realised their mistake, they could shelter from the enemy's fire.
[quote][p][bold]Rogergrocott[/bold] wrote: Same tired, outdated rhetoric then? When will it become apparent to some that we mostly want to see our hard earned money spent improving our education system for the benefit of us all a greater iinvestment in our NHS and a stop this scare-mongering propaganda. In keeping the military elite in the'Manor' to which they have become accustomed we have squandered millions ...and for what I ask ? At least the Scots can decide if they want to say farewell to Trident and look to the future free of such 'Top table' talk.[/p][/quote]Squandered millions, don't you mean billions? I worked in the defence industry for 10 years before giving up in disgust at the scandalous waste of taxpayers money. The second Iraqi war was a complete disgrace, we should never have gone into Afghanistan, but a bloke who's family originally made their money from the slave trade is telling us how to spend our money on "Carry On Regardless". I'd only be prepared to go to war if the first wave of troops was guaranteed to include all of our MPs. I'd love to see them filling out their expenses claim forms whilst sheltering from the incoming fire. Then when the Americans realised their mistake, they could shelter from the enemy's fire. breamoreboy
  • Score: 1

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