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 Post subject: Courage is not enough
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:54 am 
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We last looked at the ill-fated Kajaki Dam project in June last, when we concluded that it was a complete waste of time, money, effort – and lives. And, to reaffirm that, the latest report in The Guardian tells us that, owing to "cuts" in the US government's Afghanistan development programme, it is unlikely that the project will ever be finished.

No one will dispute that the military operation in September 2008 operation was not an epic adventure, "sneaking" the heavy machinery needed to upgrade the generating capacity across 100 miles of hostile territory in northern Helmand. At the time, it was acclaimed by the British army as one the most daring operations of its kind since the Second World War.

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 Post subject: Re: Courage is not enough
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:14 pm 

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Hmmm.. all rather reminiscent of The Book Of Heroic Failures

One can well imagine the near outrage of the witless, innumerate luvvies at the suggestion of a coal fired power station .....


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 Post subject: Re: Courage is not enough
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:18 pm 

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Whatever happened to our finest contribution to Afghan reconstruction - a Ferris Wheel?
It would all be funny if it wasn't so serious.


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 Post subject: Re: Courage is not enough
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:21 pm 

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What are we doing in that godforsaken country? I wonder if Huhne has made a comment about the coal fired station? Did you see him on the benches as Cameron was speaking yesterday??


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 Post subject: Re: Courage is not enough
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:40 pm 

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"...The real enemy – the one that does by far the greatest damage – lies not in the hills of Kajaki but in the offices of Whitehall, where the more deadly battle is being fought out..."

For as long as I have known MOD it has been recognised that the real enemies have always been:

1 - the other branches of the Armed Services (who are in direct competition for your budget)
2 - HM Treasury
3 - the Minister
4 - whoever you happen to be fighting at the time...


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 Post subject: Re: Courage is not enough
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:11 pm 
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DodgyGeezer wrote:
"...The real enemy – the one that does by far the greatest damage – lies not in the hills of Kajaki but in the offices of Whitehall, where the more deadly battle is being fought out..."

For as long as I have known MOD it has been recognised that the real enemies have always been:

1 - the other branches of the Armed Services (who are in direct competition for your budget)
2 - HM Treasury
3 - the Minister
4 - whoever you happen to be fighting at the time...


In that order?

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 Post subject: Re: Courage is not enough
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:33 pm 

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Climate change [dear God!] in action, a hydro dam, impossible to maintain, impossible to defend and then ... It keeps the mountain 'freedom fighters' in dosh, so that they can buy guns to shoot our troops who shouldn't be there - truly unintended but foreseeable consequences ... Plus, fertiliser to make IEDs and it really makes you cry with rage.


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 Post subject: Re: Courage is not enough
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:39 pm 

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moonrakin wrote:
Hmmm.. all rather reminiscent of The Book Of Heroic Failures

One can well imagine the near outrage of the witless, innumerate luvvies at the suggestion of a coal fired power station .....


Yes, it certainly would warrant that treatment(A marvellous read it is), the Afghan campaign could take up a whole book on its own.As Richard did for the Iraqi campaign...I wonder if he would care to write that book? PDT_Armataz_02_11


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 Post subject: Re: Courage is not enough
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:43 pm 

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Ravenscar wrote:
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Climate change [dear God!] in action, a hydro dam, impossible to maintain, impossible to defend and then ... It keeps the mountain 'freedom fighters' in dosh, so that they can buy guns to shoot our troops who shouldn't be there - truly unintended but foreseeable consequences ... Plus, fertiliser to make IEDs and it really makes you cry with rage.



Surprised we did not go the whole hog and given them a nuclear reactor. PDT_Armataz_01_23


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