Huh!
Only an hour ago I said:
"With people like Williamson in charge, the UK is the rogue state."

60 mins later...

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is reportedly to say in a speech later today:

"Brexit has brought us to a great moment in our history. A moment when we must strengthen our global presence, enhance our lethality and increase our mass."

"Enhance our lethality"?

The UK is the rogue state.

@fitheach If brexit has bad consequences then "a nice little war" would be a convenient distraction. Similar to the early 1980s when Thatcher's fortunes were revived by the Falklands war. A bit of flag waving. Solid jingoism from the Beeb. The tabloids will always come on side.

The only slight problem with this otherwise cunning plan is that the UK military couldn't repeat a Falklands type performance, even if it wanted to. This is what the increasing mass is about, because during the neoliberal era the size of the military in terms of soldiers decreased. Shrinking numbers of boots on the ground means that lethality per head needs to be increased to maintain capability.

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@bob
Yup!

The only part where I would diverge is the requirement to have boots on the ground. Even the US military have probably seen similar reductions in numbers over the same period. Of course, BOTG are needed for Falklands type operations.

Western interventions are more likely to be bombing missions these days. Plus, that sort of thing gives more scope for selling high tech, and therefore expensive, weapons.

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