2010
30.04

You saw the ‘Lady Gaga’ tribute in the previous post; prepare to see why British soldiers truly are the best. We present you with ‘Amarillo’ courtesy of the Royal Dragoon Guards.

2009
17.12

The Sun's Millies 2009 Best Unit with AMAs published in The Sun

2009
28.11

We went to war with Saddam. So what? The world’s a better place

By ANDY MCNAB
28 November 2009

The official inquiry into the Iraq war is expected to last a year, but here an SAS legend tells Sun readers why the conflict was worthwhile – and suggests who’s to blame for our soldiers dying.

Diplomats have suggested to the Iraq War Inquiry that George Bush and Tony Blair had “signed a deal in blood” to remove Saddam Hussein long before there was any spin to justify an invasion.

So what? Tell us something we didn’t know.

All the arguments about who said what, to whom, and when are academic now. The fact is that Iraq is better off and so are we.

Saddam was evil. He tried to kill me and killed many innocent people. He’s dead. The country is being restored. End of. What’s the problem? It was in our interest and, ultimately, in the interests of the Iraqis themselves to remove him.

I have been back to Iraq many times and the fact is that, on the ground, there is stability they never had before.

It’s not stability as you would expect in Birmingham, or Worcester, or London, but for that part of the world it is pretty stable. Certainly, in the south, people are getting jobs; oil fields are producing; people are making money. Basra international airport is truly international at last. In Basra people are saying, “We don’t want the Iranians interfering. We’re making money now.” There’s even a tourist board starting to thrive.

People say they had order under Saddam, but he just slaughtered thousands of people if they did not agree with him. Some of the old Ba’ath party men were outrageous and proof that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Any human beings given absolute control turn to abuse and violence – and that’s what Saddam Hussein did.

The old regime is gone and good, because the new regime is starting to work. But that is thanks to the military, nothing to do with the politicians.

The troops were hampered in the build-up to war; given no guidance by politicians who sent them to war; and given no plan for after the invasion. They had to work it out for themselves, and they did despite the problems that were put in their way. Job done.

The inquiry uncovering pretence over Weapons Of Mass Destruction… that’s old news.

What I really want this inquiry to find out is who was responsible for hampering the military preparations for war so that we appeared to be reacting to the UN mandate rather than a deal struck by Bush and Blair a year before.

Who was it who said: “We can’t let the military go ahead with their intelligence preparation; or ordering the kit they need; or getting it in theatre in time.”

Who was it who decided: “We can’t let them order thousands more sets of body armour or more ammunition because, otherwise, we will expose the fact that we are going to war no matter what.”

Who were the politicians who refused to give the military time to get the equipment they needed while they went ahead with the charade of going to war over weapons of mass destruction?

We were left running around like the poor cousins, with no kit and no guidance, but we still achieved something.

The success in Iraq is not down to the politicians.

But the loss of soldiers’ lives because of a lack of equipment or lack of preparation might well be.

Source: The Sun

2009
13.11

‘It reeks and it stinks’by David Willets
13 November 2009

SAS legend Andy McNab last night blasted Defence Ministry civil servants who rake in big bonuses as “a bunch of bankers”.
He spoke out after shock revelations that cash incentives to MoD staff since April have totalled £47.2MILLION.

Since the Iraq war began in 2003, £287,809,049 has been doled out.

Meanwhile the Government is under fire for starving the armed forces of cash for vital kit.

Two senior civil servants picked up £17,000 bonuses – more than many privates earn in a YEAR.

Bravo Two Zero author McNab, furiously compared MoD pen-pushers to the money men who plunged Britain into financial crisis.

He said: “It absolutely reeks and it stinks. Why don’t those lads fighting for us get bonuses?”

“I didn’t realise the MoD was being run this way. I never knew they were a bunch of bankers.

“They are civil servants. They should get a salary like everyone else. It couldn’t have come at a worse time for the MoD. It’s not like they’re getting much right.”

The scandal deepened last night as MoD sources said there will be no change in plum bonus packages until at least the summer of 2011.

Around 50,000 MD civil servants will have their wages topped up by performance bonuses this year.

The payouts since the Iraq conflict began could have bought at least five Chinook helicopters, or 48 Lynx Mk9 helicopter upgrades, or more than 300 armoured trucks.

The money could also have hired 17,000 privates for the Army. They earn a basic £16,681, with £2,380 extra when serving abroad.

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2009
28.10

The Rochdale Observer
by Diane Leach
October 27, 2009

Supermarket staff allegedly refused to serve a woman after claiming her Help for Heroes charity wristband meant she supported the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Beth Hoyle, of Whitworth, claims she was turned away from the tills at Asda in Dane Street, because the checkout operator objected to ‘what she was wearing’.

The ‘stunned’ mum-of-three said: “My hand instinctively went to the Celtic cross around my neck. But the young lad on the till said it wasn’t that, pointed to my Help for Heroes wristband and accused me of supporting the war. I told him it was nothing to do with the war, but about supporting our injured troops.”

Mrs Hoyle, whose brother is an ex-paratrooper, complained to a supervisor but was shocked to hear he backed his staff member’s approach.

She added: “I immediately complained to a supervisor, but he said the cashier was entitled to his opinion and it was his right not to serve me. I was disgusted.”

Help for Heroes was founded in 2007 to help the wounded servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The charity’s patrons include Johnson Beharry VC, General Sir Richard Dannatt and Andy McNab, as well as celebrities including Ross Kemp and James Blunt.

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2009
31.07

Andy McNab's Spoken From The Front