7 July 2012
“Cameron betrayed US over troop cuts…” Says SAS legend Andy McNab, who switched to Tories in 2010
McNab’s support helped Mr Cameron into No 10 after a meeting between the two convinced the Gulf War veteran to switch from Labour to Tories.
But McNab has now lost faith in the PM after he rubber-stamped plans to axe 20,000 soldiers’ jobs.
He said: “I feel let down. These cuts go far deeper and further than he said they would when we met.”
The Sun’s security adviser also demanded that politicians “know the new limits of our Armed Forces”.
He said: “We’ve got to be realistic about our greatly reduced military capability. Cameron cannot put troops in harm’s way by sending them into situations they don’t have the manpower to deal with.
“And he cannot expect them to do everything they did before.”
UK troop numbers are set to fall from 102,000 to 82,000. Ministers plan to fill the gap by doubling the number of TA reservists to 30,000.
But McNab accused them of making decisions based on money and politics instead of military needs.
He added: “We would need a huge cultural change to have 30,000 reservists. And we don’t even know if employers will sign up, so we are getting the losses without knowing if we’ll get the gains. That’s a huge gamble”