Attacks highlight need for vigilance and preparation – Mrs Peter Davis

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

So Mrs Peter Davis now says that we need vigilance and preparation against terrorism….whatever happened to the “exceptionally benign strategic environment.”

She also says “I can reassure the public that we are taking every reasonable step to protect New Zealand from such an attack. In the past few years, we have been very focused on the need to increase our capacity to deal with such events.”

How?

  • By equipping the Army with APC’s even the Americans don’t want (the machine has the nickname “WidowMaker” which hardly inspires confidence) at horrendous cost that can’t be transported, swim rivers or do anything remotely useful.
  • Created an army that is essentially a light infantry force bereft of air support, heavy artillery, armour and proper logistics.
  • Scrapping any air strike capability at all.
  • Spending barely 1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) on defence, leaving per capita defence funding spending at half that of Australia.

Significantly we couldn’t afford the F-16’s but strangely could afford the LAV3’s.

There is no way in hell we could stop a committed terrorist attack in New Zealand, the only defence we have here is the sheer distance from anything relevant and no target of any shock value.

 


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