DOES AMERICA REALLY NEED BRITAIN TO HELP IN THE SYRIAN CONFLICT? – I am beginning to think that the only reason David Cameron wants in on the action over Syria is simply to fuel his own ego; basically he’d like to become the ‘statesman’ that Tony Blair was during the lead up and incursion in the Iraqi War.
The trouble is one only need look at any of the media footage between Blair and Bush during the lead up and incursion into Iraq to fully understand that Blair was little more than Bush’s poodle; some even remarked that Blair was simply Bush’s bitch.
Britain I am afraid to say, and yes it does pain me, is no longer a power on the global stage in terms of military might.
Of course David Cameron, like all politicians, doesn’t want to be left out of the ‘tea party’ for that could damage not only his image but also that of Great Britain. The issue here is that the ‘Great’ was removed from Britain years ago and with continuous cuts in defence our ability to conduct a war thousands of miles away is simply not feasible; I venture to say that this Government wouldn’t be able to resolve a conflict with a group of five year old children fighting in a sandbox, let alone dealing with a country that if fairly well equipped with modern armaments.
The trouble is whenever something blows up around the world the British Government appear keen to get in on the act and yet the truth is we simply no longer have the military might; let’s be honest we don’t even have a decent aircraft carrier and that is a prerequisite in modern warfare – this of course came about due to Cameron’s incessant military budget cuts.
Stand back for a moment and look closely at the debacle in Afghanistan. We have troops fighting there without proper equipment; most notably safety gear. If Britain cannot afford, or refuses to provide a budget, for even the most basic of arms and equipment how on earth could it imagine it is capable of fighting and resolving a foreign conflict?
Britain, or at least the delusional David Cameron, likes to think that we are on-par with the U.S when it comes to military might and yet we couldn’t come anywhere close. Take a look at Iraq and how many contracts for the rebuilding of Iraq was awarded to U.S companies; this is a clear indication of our involvement and that Bush clearly told his poodle, Blair, that the cake was reserved for the U.S.
Despite this fact Blair couldn’t get enough of the adulation he received from Bush and the American people; it was of course nothing more than ‘smoke and mirrors’ on the part of Bush for he was the puppet master and Blair (the British) danced to whatever tune Bush whistled.
To Blair that was irrelevant for he and Britain were riding the waves and ruffling their features; unfortunately Bush viewed Blair as little more than a Thanksgiving Turkey and boy did he give Blair a royal stuffing.
Some say that David Cameron is a little more measured but I have my doubts. Cameron like all politicians like to think of themselves as the all-important beings and as we know power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Cameron is no different to Blair and a possible war with Syria is the perfect opportunity to ruffle his own feathers; the only trouble is that this time it will be Obama, not Bush, who servers up the Turkey.
Just look at the state of the British Armed Forces; most of the budget is spent on bureaucrats and all the while we continue to reduce the number of personnel and vital equipment. I doubt very much that Britain, in its current state of military might, would be able to defend its own shores let alone be victorious thousands of miles away.
Despite the U.S being 16 trillion dollars in debt, it continues to spend vast sums of money on all manner of military paraphernalia from Fighter Jets to Aircraft Carriers whilst the British decommission military arms at an alarming rate without considering their replacement.
It is sad to think that Britain once ruled the waves and controlled some 75% of the globe; but those were the days of Imperialism and our military might was second to none; we were indeed Great Britain and just the whisper of the name Queen Victoria was enough to make any country bow in respect.
I am not suggesting for one moment that Britain should consider raising the Empire once again but neither should it delude itself into thinking that it is still a global force for those days are long gone and if military budget cuts continue along the same lines our troops will be fighting wars in flip-flops, a T shirt and be armed with nothing more than a peashooter.
It is quite undignified to think that we are one of the world’s super powers and we must face this reality. It really doesn’t matter if we engage in a war with Syria alongside the United State for Britain will be little more than spectators and whilst Tomahawk missiles are being launched by the dozen from U.S destroyers the British fleet will be lucky if they have three or four at their disposal.
The truth is that David Cameron, if he gets his way, will happily send our Navy into a conflict without having the weapons to make an impact or indeed defend itself; and just so he can stand on the world stage and declare himself as a man of action; it is quite frankly little more than self gratification.
Cameron will of course tell the British public that our involvement is critical to success but the truth is Britain is not even a ‘bit-player’. You simply cannot resolve a military conflict with sticks and stones that are held together with rubber band.
The British people may not like what I’ve had to say in this article but look back at the Iraqi War; it was during the final lead-up that George W. Bush said to Tony Blair that there wouldn’t be any hard feelings if the British Armed Forces didn’t show up. In other words Bush knew full well that Britain was going to be insignificant to the outcome due to the size and ability of its own armed forces.
Cameron really needs to make a phone call to Obama and decline any involvement in Syria; it won’t make any difference from a military aspect but what it will do is save our troops from fighting yet another war with no equipment, thus saving lives, and save the taxpayer from being burdened just for the sake of Cameron being able to look good on the world stage.
It can be said that 250 years ago Britain was ‘Great’ and a powerhouse on the world stage. However that is a bygone age and we need to make a clear decision; either allow Cameron to fuel his ego or take a step back and concentrate on our own national interest.
We do not need to play bitch or poodle to the U.S; they simply do not need us and if we were to concentrate on rebuilding our armed forces, that is building ships etc in-house to create jobs and wealth, we could, with proper management, have the ability to protect ourselves without the ideology of policing the world and then, and only then, will we be afforded the opportunity to put the ‘Great’ back into Britain.