Bizarre rant from Armstrong on Iraq deployment

I’m getting a bit sick of John Armstrong and his prognostications on defence matters.

New Zealand’s 100-plus contingent of military training specialists plus support personnel have barely arrived in Iraq. Yet the folly of this military (mis)adventure is already rapidly becoming apparent.

Last week’s fall of the city of Ramadi after Iraqi forces capitulated to Islamic State fighters, despite heavily outnumbering their enemy, has shifted the front-line in this sectarian struggle worryingly close to Taji, the huge military camp within which the New Zealanders are based alongside Australian counterparts.

Unless the Isis (Islamic State) advance is halted, the New Zealand Government is going to be faced with a major dilemma at some point in the not-too-distant future: pull the training team out of Iraq and lose face, plus earn black marks from the Americans and the Australians; or stick it out for the sake of good form and loyalty to allies and gamble on things not deteriorating with the risks this brings, including the possibility of casualties.

National’s predicament was neatly summed up by New Zealand First MP and former Army officer Ron Mark in an entry on his Facebook page last Friday.

“Latest update from the US on Isis. Taji is only 91km from Ramadi. The same distance I drive from Carterton to Wellington to attend Parliament. Isis could be in artillery range of our troops in 30 minutes.” He added a question for Mr Key: “What’s our plan, John?”

I’m not sure listening to a former truck mechanic on military matters is wise.?

Basically Armstrong?has become a sickly white liberal and all round coward who thinks it’s best we stand aside while gay people get thrown off buildings, girls are sold around as chattels, family’s are slaughtered for belonging to the wrong religion and allow a death cult to establish itself? a huge area of land.

What does he think the outcome will be? Perhaps an Islamic caliphate supported by a nice oil based income stream to fund sending its jihadi’s out to slaughter more infidels in the West. Leaving millions of innocent people to live in a constant state of abject terror ruled over by barbarians is acceptable now ?

Armstrong and his ilk haven’t the first clue on why we have an army and why men and women join it, beyond his comprehension. Bravery for him is penning a harsh article so he can puff out his little chest to his mates on how fearless he is.

For some reason he thinks soldiers in a war zone are akin to retarded children visiting the zoo and the lions have escaped, worse he is blaming the teachers for taking the retarded children to the zoo in the first place when they could have sat in their home and watch National Geographic videos nice and safe.


– NZ Herald