Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Advice for Kim Howells

Kim Howells, Foreign Office Minister, made a bit of a boo-boo during a debate on the current Middle East crisis. In answer to a question on current tactics by his Tory opposite Keith Simpson he replied "I am not a military strategist and I am not aware he is...." Aaargh.

Keith Simpson is famously a well regarded military historian and strategist having been a senior lecturer in war studies and international affairs at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, has written five books on military history and a director of Cranfield Security Studies Institute which according to their website "carries out research and consultancy ina wide range of defence-related subjects, including defence policy and military history.
It uses political and military analysis to interpret, evaluate and develop strategic operational requirements and their implications for defence policy doctrine and force structure."

So yes, Keith Simpson is a military strategist.

Kim, Kim, Kim - a piece of advice - know your enemy. Works in both politics and military campaigns. A quick look at the Conservative Party profile of Keith Simpson would have told you all this. Typical of this Labour Government - too arrogant to check even the simplest facts.

(Hat tip to Nick Assinder at the BBC for this).

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