My friend Glenmore Trenear-Harvey in London has just become an officer of a worthy UK effort that relates to the issue of a common defense of the West against attacks by radical Islam, a subject that concern us all.
Whatever the differences between the US and the UK, they are small compared to what we have in common. The British are our “cousins” and we have a special relationship with them.
The British commitment to the war in Iraq is much smaller than ours, but it is after all a tiny island country, and the British military is much overextended in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its military equipment is suffering badly from unanticipated over-use.
Glenmore gave me a letter from-Harvey Winston S. Churchill, the prime minister’s grandson, a distinguished public figure in his own right, and now a man himself in his 60’s, which enumerates worrisome points about the British military:
Large government cuts are planned for Royal Navy ships and aircraft. The Royal Air Force is now suffering from an absence of “heavy lift capability.” ELINT aircraft are bordering on un-serviceability from fatigue faults and there is a “woeful lack of helicopter’s to support the British Army.”
British soldiers have long been complaining about flimsy, unsuitable equipment being used by them in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I quote Glenmore, who said,
“who cares for those men and women who, willingly stand in the frontlines defending the beliefs that characterize our country must worry about the deterioration in our defense capability due to inadequate funding.”
The letter from Winston S Churchill underscores the same points and announces a new organization, of which he, Churchill, is president and which Glenmore has since joined as a Vice President.
It is called the UK National Defense Association and is has been formed to put pressure on the British public and government –to create “a head of steam” as Churchill puts it, to properly fund the British Defense system.
He has recruited some big names to his cause –including Admiral Lord Boyce, RAF Marshall Lord Craig, General Lord Guthrie, etc. Lord Owen, the former Labor Secretary has joined him and Lt. General Sir Robert Fry, once commandant of the Royal Marines.
They are launching this campaign to get the attention of the British government
They have a website. You might take a look. www.uknda.org