Britain no longer has the cash to defend itself from every threat

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  1. bhramos

    bhramos Elite Member Elite Member

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    Britain cannot afford to protect itself against all potential threats to its security, Liam Fox, the Defence Secretary, has warned.

    In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Dr Fox said the dire state of the public finances meant the Armed Forces could no longer be equipped to cover every conceivable danger.

    Since the Second World War, the nation has maintained a force that can conduct all-out warfare, counter-insurgencies such as in Afghanistan or medium scale campaigns like the Falklands or Sierra Leone.

    But Dr Fox has given the strongest signal yet that it will have to give up one or more of these capabilities, which have been maintained at the same time as contributing to collective security pacts such as Nato. “We don’t have the money as a country to protect ourselves against every potential future threat,” he said. “We just don’t have it.”

    The military had to be configured only for “realistic potential future threats”, he said, hinting at a substantial cut to conventional forces such as tanks and fighter aircraft.
    “We have to look at where we think the real risks will come from, where the real threats will come from and we need to deal with that accordingly. The Russians are not going to come over the European plain any day soon,” he added.

    Dr Fox’s frank admission also casts doubt on the future of the 25,000 troops currently stationed in Germany. The Defence Secretary has previously said that he hoped to withdraw them at some point, leaving Britain without a presence in the country for the first time since 1945.

    continued here:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/new...d-itself-from-every-threat-says-Liam-Fox.html

    wow what a bad time for Britan and its Queen.
     
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  3. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    with almost 25% of the NATO alliance nation on the verge of bankruptcy what future does the alliance have???? Why should the wealthier nations keep the supporting the slackers when they don't even want to send troops etc....
     
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    well with US as their allies , they would't have to worry a lot
     
  5. bhramos

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    US: I am there, No Fear my dear Briton.:emot154:
    Briton: Thanks Uncle SAM.:emot180:
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