Andy McNab on Anti-Terror, The Politics of War
Published 27 May 2010

Andy’s ‘Five Books’ are My Friend the Mercenary (James Brabazon), Crusades (Terry Jones and Alan Ereira), 52 Days (James Fergusso), Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (Siegfried Sassoon) and: 

Your fifth choice is a Ministry of Defence green paper.

“Yes, a bit geeky this one. This is an MOD green paper pre-empting the white paper and it’s a very clear and concise document about the politics of war. We are a trading nation and we will go to war to keep our trading routes clear. Alan Greenspan said we went to war in Iraq for the oil, and he was right. The fuel is coming on line now (the army is getting a deal for something like five pence a litre) and, though Basra is never going to be a day out in Margate, things have calmed down because people are making money. It’s about the freedom of goods, services and information and to secure our food and resources. That’s the way we do it. We don’t send in the gunships any more, but we go into joint operations with America because they have the same doctrine as us. We are in Afghanistan because we need stability in the region…”

Interview by Anna Blundy

Go here to read the full interview about Andys book choices on the FiveBooks website


Andy was a guest on the Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show Podcast yesterday where in talks – in a suit – about buses, about War Torn being 500 pages (who ripped out 28 pages of my copy??), Andys formula of writing, the upcoming Nick Stone movie, Andys new job as a director for a Boy Soldier movie, Andy bluffing, politics, Afghanistan and there’s a big challenge….

Go here and select the 24th of May to listen or download the podcast. Andy is on from 6min16s.

Below is a little video clip taken during the (radio) show.

Thanx again Ali for sharing!!


There’s an interesting headline! Well.. according to Iain Martin is his Wall Street Journal Blog it might just happen…. 😉 Thanks for sending this, you-know-who-you-are.

Iain Martin On Politics
May 6, 2010

Election Night at the Cameron Residence in Rural Oxfordshire

Dave is watching “Star Wars” on DVD and semidozing. Two young aides are pacing up and down, nervously checking their BlackBerries.

Dave: “I like this bit. Look, it’s the scene in the intergalactic bar — with all those aliens and strange looking creatures. It’s like a meeting of the 1922 committee.”

Female aide: “Shouldn’t we turn it over to the election? The results program and the exit poll are on in a minute.”

Dave (yawning): “Chill. Long way to go yet. Did you know that Alec Guinness nearly didn’t take the role? And that it would have been Oliver Reed instead?”

Male aide: “Dave. We’ve got some early indications, some feedback from seats. Do you want to hear?”

Dave: “Uh-huh… shoot.”

Female aide: “It’s looking too close to call. Like, everywhere.”

Dave (yawning): “Where’s Sam?”

Sam Cam, wandering in from the kitchen: “Here babes.”

Dave: “Hi babes. What are you up to? (To aide:) Doesn’t she look great pregnant?”

Male aide (face reddenning): “Er… Yeah, great.”

Dave: “Come here for a cuddle.”

Male aide gets up and walks towards DC.

Dave: “Not you! I meant Sam.”

Sam snuggles up on the sofa.

Sam: “What’s happening?”

Dave: “Well they’re fighting with light sabers… but you mean the election? I think we’ve done it. But it’s going to be hours before we know for sure.”

Sam: “What a drag, babes. Hours. That’s like a long time.”

Dave: “I know. They’ve got to count all the votes, and add them all together and work out who’s won where. But we’re cool, I think.”

Sam: “Cool.”

Male aide: “We were going to work through the cabinet? Steve has left his ideas.”

Dave (making a face): “Do we have to? Yeah? OK prime minister, that’s me. Chancellor, George. Then it gets a bit woolly. What were Steve’s thoughts?”

Male aide: “Quite radical thoughts from Steve on the cabinet. Foreign Secretary, Bob Geldof? Health Secretary? Robert Winston or that doctor that goes on the Matthew Wright show. Culture secretary Kevin Spacey, Carol Vorderman to education, Andy McNab to defense and Hugh Fearnley-Whatshisname to agriculture.”

Dave (thinking deeply): “It all sounds a bit unconventional… even by Steve’s standards. I think we might have to have  some other Tory MPs in the cabinet. What do you think, babes?”

Sam: “Look Steve’s great. He’s like, totally, your friend. But he gets a bit carried away sometimes, babes. Look at the Big Society.”

Dave: “But you liked the Big Society? You said so.”

Sam: “Oh yeah, up to a point. Love all that charity stuff. And I think some of the kids I’ve met on those projects are an inspiration. But one of the girls at work the other day said something interesting. She asked me — like, totally, totally seriously — was your Big Society something to do with Tatler? Did it mean that if you win then society parties would be easier to get into? That they would be bigger and have longer invite lists?”

Dave: “Really? When we get in I’m going to have to make a lot more speeches explaining Steve’s Big Society. Or maybe not.

Sam: “Hmmmm, maybe not. But your call, babes.”

Female aide: “Dave, sorry to interrupt. But oh my God, there’s one minute to go until we get the exit poll.. Turn over to BBC1. Andy and George O says it’s still like… totally too close call.”

Male aide: “I am so excited! I was only 3 in 1992. What does it feel like to win?”

Dave: “Everyone! Please, please, calm down…”

Sam: “Yeah. Chill.”


Do you believe gay people need to be ‘cured?’  That more religion in government would be a good thing?  That the UK would benefit from electing its own homegrown George W. Bush? So does Andy McNab, apparently, because he’s wholeheartedly supporting the Tory cause this time around.

Now, normally neither Andy nor this website is very political — in fact, Andy has said that though he killed IRA fighters in NI, he would have probably fought for the IRA had he grown up in NI!  In other words, he would –and did– kill someone over an ideology he himself would advocate if he moved a few miles west.  And though he has lamented the lack of education he received as a child in a desperately-poor South London, he’s never addressed why those conditions existed or how they can be changed.  So, traditionally, McNab hasn’t been a very publicly political guy.The question, then, is what has changed? Why is he now publicly supporting privileged half-wit Cameron?  If you ask Andy, it’s all about ‘supporting the troops,’ that now-semi-religious mantra that has replaced old-fashioned ‘patriotism’ as the last refuge of scoundrels.

Supporting the troops is of course a good idea in general and no normal person –or party– is opposed to it. For instance, not participating in illegal wars and occupations that do nothing for your country would be a good way to support the troops, so that must be what Andy means, right? Wrong. Andy McNab has never met a war he didn’t like, and in fact his whole ‘support’ for the troops comes down to giving them shiny kit and treating their PTSD — the PTSD caused by witnessing and/or participating in the horrors of war. With Andy, it’s all about what you do for the troops after providing them the ‘opportunity’ to fight, die, maim, and be maimed for the benefit of a wealthy elite.

With PTSD ‘in the picture’ these days (which is good!!) it seems to become the general consensus that every single case of a soldier committing violent crimes at home is a direct result of PTSD. It’s simply impossible that some just are psychopaths and arseholes (see worthless piece of shit Dr. Thomas Shanks), and preventing PTSD (by not asking people to commit atrocities) is of course out of the question. We at greymansland have been raising awareness about PTSD long before Andy did, and it’s a serious issue, but while we must treat it we should also treat the root causes.
Andy McNab doesn’t see it that way. In Andy’s world, a soldier achieves nobility by having no personal morality (see the Nuremberg ‘just following orders’ excuse), and whoever shouts ‘I love the troops’ loudest is of course the person to support — after all, a politician wouldn’t lie.

Am I suggesting that Andy McNab is a bit thick, that he’s fallen for jingoism and class warfare tactics? Yes. Andy McNab has always prided himself on being a pawn, one who will simply do what he’s told and have no personal morality of his own. He’s also demonstrated a deep sense of needing to belong to a group, preferably one that excludes ‘outsiders.’ The perfect Tory voter!

[Editorial note: That will be the last of the politics here. We’re all Andy McNab fans and the opinion of one GML staffer does not reflect the opinion of greymansland.com as a whole. Andy McNab chose to publicly enter the political arena and as a result his political opinions are being publicly discussed. If you don’t like that, go to the ‘official’ website and get no opinions, no new info, fake forum links, and some ringtones.]