Britain is becoming a friend who can’t be trusted, says top US general

In an exclusive interview, Gen Raymond Odierno, US army Chief of Staff, says UK defence cuts are eroding his country’s confidence in our commitment to global security

Ever since the Cold War ended more than two decades ago, America has never entertained any serious doubts about Britain’s ability to fulfil its commitment as a vital military ally when tackling threats to the Western alliance.

Until now. For the dramatic cuts to Britain’s defence budget implemented since the Coalition took power in 2010 have led to a number of senior US military officers and politicians openly questioning whether, when it comes to fighting the wars of the future, Britain has the capability to be an effective ally on the battlefield.

  • mauser 98

    pot meet kettle

  • The Goat

    Where else is the money for transgender surgery supposed to come from, if not the defense budget?

  • Exile1981

    I’m pretty sure with all the budget cuts in the US the same could be said for this generals command as well.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I doubt that Exile.
      This guy is probibly the real deal as his career has spanned from the Carter administration to the present.
      He’s ready to retire, so he can pretty much say what he wants.

      In Afghanistan the UK was already cutting back and making some rediclious operation decisions based on financial decisions. In other words, they (typically) were not all that active.

      • Exile1981

        I’m not disagreeing with what he is saying. I’m just commenting that the way Obama is gutting the US military it won’t be long before the US is in the same boat.

        • Gaylord Ponce

          I think they’re already there.

  • simus1

    USArmy COS General Who?
    Never heard of him.
    Must be one of Emperor Barry &Co’s proteges.

  • G

    He might want to have something to say about Canada too.

  • Hard Little Machine

    There are more Brits joining ISIS than the British army. The UK is running out of people to serve in the armed forces. So all the money in the world isn’t going to help preserve a society that’s already moribund. If anything, the UK should once and for all abandon nuclear weapons before their own caliphate gets hold of them. Decommission the parts of the blue water navy they still possess and build down the ground and air forces until it’s a national guard sized force. Western Europe’s only enemies are Western Europe – at least to the extent they’re willing to fight for anything. If Putin walked into the Baltics tomorrow, the UK’s expenditures on protest signs would jump up but that’s it. All I can suggest to that once fine island nation is learn some Arabic, learn some Russian and learn to live in an apocalyptic third world dystopian future.

    • Millie_Woods

      Agreed. The dynamics are changing very quickly. Never mind fielding an army, Britain needs to prepare for the coming insurgency. As do all western countries IMO.

  • andycanuck

    Mote. Beam. Eye. Obama.
    Some assembly required.

  • New Centurion

    The US is war weary, in debt and has had enough of being the heavy lifter especially for Europe. It was recently announced it could no longer fight a war on two fronts. Think about that for a second: a country able to fight a war on two fronts (Only two?! Come on America ya losers!). Maybe they need a break. Britain is probably going through the same thing. Canada on the other hand, is the biggest military freeloader on the planet and has never “punched above its weight” a term which I loathe and I wish I could punch very stupid politician who repeats it.

    • Frances

      Look at the percentages of men and women who served and died in WW I and WW II. We sent a heck of a lot of troops overseas both go-rounds. And then there was Korea.

      • Clink9

        I thought Canada had the 6th largest Navy fleet after WW2?

      • New Centurion

        WW1 100 years ago… everybody went, WW2 70 years ago same thing. For the last 50 years we’ve been coasting… we enjoy the lifestyle we have because the US has been paying for it.

    • Minicapt

      It is always good to hear from someone with a comprehensive understanding of military affairs.


      • New Centurion

        It’s not rocket science Mini. A navy that’s fast approaching rust out, still haven’t replaced the Sea Kings, 3 diesel subs that are near the end of their serviceable life, spent a decade in dry dock and just put out to sea. An obsolete airforce, an army that can only field one battle group at a time and virtually ( save the Rangers in their red hoodies) no defence of Canada’s northern territories ( which I remember being the job of the CAR when I was a young jumper). We can boast about the individual prowess of our soldiers and small units like JTF2, however the defence of this country depends on the U.S. Compare our military with that of a country of similar size like Australia that doesn’t have a superpower for a neighbour.

        • Minicapt

          Having spent several years working at NDHQ, it can be surprising how much US defence is dependent on Canada.
          But if you wish to point your finger, try the PIPSC and PSAC to explain those problems you cite. But as an example, defence of the North requires the periodic visits of small units to show the flag; the replacement of the Sea Kings is dependent on Sikorsky, who are preparing to use Canadian-funded technology on the next Presidential shopper; the US does not ‘defend’ Canada, it uses Canadian territory as a protective buffer or glacis; the frigates are not rusting out, that problem is with the Tribals; and the subs have barely begun their ‘service lives’, which will be determined by number of dives and not years along side.


          • New Centurion

            I guess it’s a perspective thing, of course they’d prefer to fight on Canadain soil. Buffer, glacis, whatever you call it though, we get defended by default and we depend on that; the powers that be just won’t come out and say it. I know we could never hope to match the U.S. per capita in defence spending, but I think as country we should walk the walk a little more than we have been. I hear you about the bureaucracy (PSAC is a union so I’m not sure how they figure? I know they do sqat for me.) and this helicopter debacle has been going on for too long. Chrétien made an election issue out of it and that was how many Prime Ministers ago? It seems we’re no further ahead. And while bureaucrats tend to move at a glacial pace, they operate within the parameters that their political masters set. When motivated, governments can move mountains, it’s a matter of will. The major equipment purchases for the Afghanistan mission are proof of that. Anyway, thanks for NDHQ perspective I managed to dodge that bullet. Btw I started off in a “boat” sqn in Pet. 😉

          • Minicapt

            A boat squadron in Pet? Have your parents agreed to acknowledge you again?
            Unfortunately, in Ottawa, the bureaucrats write the parameters given them by the politicians.
            As far as pulling our weight, why did the USMC send a company of Abrams to Kandahar in March 2011?


  • moraywatson

    So Obama’s plan to get everyone to hate the United States, but to love islam, proceeds apace.