View Full Version : "Britain Can No Longer Defend Itself From All Threats"

C. Flower
23-07-2010, 02:45 PM
Is the old lion finally losing it's teeth ? What Britain calls "defence" many other parts of the world would have had reason to view as attack, colonialisation and resource theft.

Britain is still one of the world's biggest military powers and one of the biggest producers and buyers of arms.

Tory Defence Secretary Liam Fox now says that Britain's military role must be limited.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Dr Fox said the dire state of the public finances meant the Armed Forces could no longer be equipped to cover every conceivable danger.

Since the Second World War, the nation has maintained a force that can conduct all-out warfare, counter-insurgencies such as in Afghanistan or medium scale campaigns like the Falklands or Sierra Leone.

But Dr Fox has given the strongest signal yet that it will have to give up one or more of these capabilities, which have been maintained at the same time as contributing to collective security pacts such as Nato. “We don’t have the money as a country to protect ourselves against every potential future threat,” he said. “We just don’t have it.”

The military had to be configured only for “realistic potential future threats...”

There are big shifts in global power taking place, with China growing as a military power, on the back of the growth of its economy and productive capacity.

The US also has a strategy of multi-theatre low level war (if possible paid for by others) that will come under stress from these global shifts in wealth production.

It seems we may be moving out of the phase of unchallenged NATO/US military dominance that's prevailed since the fall of the USSR.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/7905649/Britain-no-longer-has-the-cash-to-defend-itself-from-every-threat-says-Liam-Fox.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/7905649/Britain-no-longer-has-the-cash-to-defend-itself-from-every-threat-says-Liam-Fox.html)

Captain Con O'Sullivan
23-07-2010, 03:00 PM
Britain hasn't been anything other than a US aircraft carrier anchored off the continent since WWII.

The game was given away during the Suez crisis when Eden went on a solo run and had troops on the ground only to get a furious phone call from the White House. Out came the British troops and out went Eden.

In 1940 Britain was three weeks from utter bankruptcy (inability to pay civil servants wages) and in desperate need of supplies/raw materials.

The Americans sold them 22 destroyers (note 'sold' not 'gave') and in return relieved the British Empire of naval bases from the South Atlantic to the Pacific. A number of the destroyers were found to be of scrap value only when they arrived.

Britain lost its independence the moment it went into hock to the states for WWII. The idea that Britain is a world power either economically or militarily has been a nonsense since that time ...

Pure playing to the home gallery ...

23-07-2010, 03:07 PM
Britain doesn't face any military threats, and has not done so for decades. The IRA, Russian KGB/FSB assassination plots, Islamist terrorists and domestic extremists such as skinheads and the Animal Liberation Front can all be handled by the police or security services. Even dealing with Raul Moat was a police matter.