Talk:British top General says troops are unwelcome in Iraq
This from General D is in sharp contrast to PM's position _
PM's foreign policy speech - third in a series of three
26 May 2006 "In Iraq, of course, people want to gain full control of their own destiny. The MNF should leave as soon as the Government wishes us. As the Prime Minister said we need an objective timetable. By that he means one that is conditions-based ie as Iraqi capability is built up. But don't be in any doubt. No-one, but no-one I spoke to, from whatever quarter, wanted us to leave precipitately. An arbitrary timetable ie without conditions being right, would be seen for what it would be: weakness."
I have no time at the moment to find a more recent statement from Blair on Iraq - its vanished frorm the No 10 web site http://www.number-10.gov.uk - but the significance of General D's remarks cannot be judged fairly without a clear response from Downing Street. Portillo remarked in "This Week" this evening that if this had happened when he was Defence Minister, he would have asked the General to consider his position.
Fentonrobb 00:54, 13 October 2006 (UTC)
As this is an ongoing saga that may last another day or two, I'd be obliged if we could let it develop even if it gets a bit lengthy. Fentonrobb 00:45, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
- According to the content guide if a new development happens a new article should be written not addition it to this article. Congratulations on your first article and you did a great job. --Apartmento2 07:56, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
- Thank you Apartment2 - I'll take heed. And thanks for the encouragement too. Fentonrobb 11:38, 14 October 2006 (UTC)