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Troop voices

Issue No. 2023

“It’s senior ministers that need bloody sacking for getting us embroiled in an unwinnable open ended mess in the first place. Cheeky bleeders!”
Soldier’s post on a military forum website, following the crisis sparked by General Sir Richard Dannatt’s comments that Britain should withdraw from Iraq

“I hope Blair is listening, Sir Richard has made the call and said it how it is. Good on him. Getting out of Iraq is essential if [Afghanistan] is going to work in the long run. God knows what will happen to Iraq. Not sure it will be any worse though.”
British soldier speaks out

“Politicians can’t grasp the idea of someone telling the truth. This might turn out to be one of those moments when the world turns and governments fall - I certainly hope so!”
British soldier

“If Sir Richard goes, it’s time for a coup.”
British soldier, responds to fears that Tony Blair might sack Richard Dannatt

“Why should he be sacked because his professional opinion sits awkwardly with the lies and spin employed by New Labour?”
Another British soldier’s comments

“The general has laid down the gauntlet to the government. It is now time that we stood behind him. Bring on the revolution.”
British soldier


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Sat 21 Oct 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2023
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