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Max Boot: My Take

October 23, 2010


Personally, I’m ambivalent about Max Boot. Sometimes, he hits upon an original observation; his writing can also be cliché. It didn’t take me long to figure out his latest piece was the latter. He says the defence cuts announced by the government this week mean Britain is ‘out’ of the power game. The tale of […]

Some initial thoughts on the NSS and SDSR

October 19, 2010


I don’t want to write too much about the National Security Strategy and the defence review, as I’m working on a much longer post fitting both papers into Conservative foreign policy thinking over the last five years. But there are some brief points I want to make now. The National Security Strategy will not be […]

Ellis and Rauscher on Europe

October 17, 2010


I shouldn’t argue with Xavier Rauscher as I’m expecting him to write something for the blog, but we all have to do what we feel is right in our hearts. Today, we have been arguing about Europe. Like most of the world, I tend to treat the European Union with contemptuous indifference; like any Frenchman, […]

Napoleon or Wellington?

October 14, 2010


Xavier Rauscher and I like to indulge in some Anglo-French banter now and again, and tonight we happened upon the eternal question: who was better, Napoleon or Wellington? I personally believe Napoleon is overrated. He was a good commander with flashes of brilliance, but that was at the beginning of his career against armies unused […]

Con Coughlin talking balls

October 11, 2010


The Telegraph reporter Con Coughlin posted a shameful piece earlier, saying the revelations about Linda Norgrove should make clear to the government the need for a strong military. ‘At a time when [they are] poised to take an axe to the defence budget, it’s involvement in the bungled rescue mission has driven home the necessity […]

Don’t bring in the Bismarck unless you know what you’re doing

October 4, 2010


There are few things more dangerous than a historical analogy. It must be made carefully, the scenarios mirroring one another as much possible if people like me aren’t going to ridicule it. And if the comparison is with a period the reader fancies himself knowledgeable on, each sentence better be referenced by at least six […]

SDSR: The Army or the Navy?

October 1, 2010


I like to think I am ‘an Army man’: it is the branch I have always indentified with, the one that I attempted to join and might try again in the future. But something worrying me from the briefings and counter-briefings of the SDSR is that the Army will be ‘saved’ from cuts because of […]