I am sitting in the front of a heavily armoured truck. The handgrip of an SA80 rifle rests against my knee and the top gunner, manning the General Purpose Machine Gun on the cab’s roof, stands against my right shoulder.[Snip] But my briefing from the cheerful Marine sergeant before we set off is succinct and gloriously matter-of-fact. ‘Strap yourself in tight. If we encounter small-arms fire, keep your head down. But if the truck goes over, the top gunner will drop into your lap. Make sure you catch him and hold on.’ I had been rolled in
Wasn´t Camp Bastion where the enemy had one of its most successful attacks this year? Harry must be a throwback to some ancient genes for adventure and bravery. His parents could not have been an influence on him...both were too damaged.
I know that Harry is quite brave and qualified but this all seems like a PR exercise to me. The British press is notorious for falling into line behind the Royal Family in the PR department. In fact, almost anything British seems to get a PR boost from the British media. It´s as if it feels it must sell Britain to the world.
As for the Afghan situation, the coalition of countries will withdraw with hardly much to show for it, unfortunately. The Taliban will still be there. You will still have most Afghanis being completely uneducated and uninterested in democracy.
Harry is an excellent soldier, worthy of the title warrior. But is it fair for the guys who serve with him to have targets pinned to them due to the fact that it would be a coup to take out a royal? Especially since this royal took out a terror chief? And is it fair to hold an entire nation hostage if he gets captured? Having lived through the hostage crisis during the Carter years, I say no.
Terrorists would like nothing better then to hurt or kill this young man and will go all out to achieve this goal. They will milk the PR for years. Earlier poster is right. Harry is a throwback when it comes to spine.
I just finished reading a biography of Queen Victoria. You don´t have to go back to ancient history to find members of the royal family who fought and died in Britain´s wars, though her heir, who became Edward VII, was not among them. Just as William is not out there. Remember, too, one of Charles´ brothers saw action in the Falklands War.
There is a philosophy taught in business schools called Just in Time which preaches that factories should be run as leanly and efficiently as possible. Rather than paying to keep people and machinery on standby you reduce the capacity of a production line to the level at which it can just about cope with demand. It is a more profitable way to run a factory but I am not sure I would be so keen on the theory if I had been lying in the back of an ambulance for six hours and 22 minutes waiting for a hospital bed
France last night stood accused of encouraging thousands of refugees to attempt to enter Britain illegally after a homeless shelter dubbed “Sangatte II” was opened in Calais. [Snip] Yesterday in Calais there were at least 500 refugees, some of whom had spent two years travelling from countries such as Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Turkmenistan, Eritrea and Pakistan. The Daily Express was the first British newspaper inside one makeshift tent city where desperate men and women, some with children only a few months old, are prepared to risk their lives to reach to the UK. Alongside penniless vagrants at the shabby litter-strewn site
Barack Obama has arrived in South Africa to lead the American delegation at a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. But his party is reportedly stuck in traffic and he is said to have arrived late at the stadium for the ceremony. [Snip] But Mr Clinton, Mr Carter and his wife Rosalynn have all traveled separately to the event. According to reports, Mr Obama and his delegation are stuck in a lines of traffic caused by tens of thousands of people making their way to the event. Mr Obama is among the foreign leaders who
Those big, beady, reptilian eyes glaring up from the water surface? They´re not just looking at you. They´re thinking it over. American alligators, and their cousin Indian marsh crocodiles, apparently have figured out that if they balance twigs on their snouts, wading birds will try to snatch them for nests. For the quick-snapping gator, that´s free lunch. In other words, the beast with a brain the size of a bean knows how to use it. That could make a person think twice about trying to outwit a "dumb" gator in Lowcountry waters. A recently released study--published in Ethology, Ecology and
Nelson Mandela’s memorial service and his funeral on Sunday may not produce the biggest gatherings ever in Africa. [Snip] A barnstormer of an address can be expected from President Obama – who has said the battle against apartheid sparked his first political activities. But what a logistical and security nightmare it will be. The public won’t need any accreditation to get into the stadium. And someone is going to have to do a very deft seating plan--David Cameron will not want to be sitting too close to Raúl Castro and Robert Mugabe. President Hassan Rouhani of Iran may finally be
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a new five-year strategic plan to improve safety for elderly drivers and passengers. Although they are statistically among the safest on the road, the number of older drivers is increasing dramatically — and with it, that group´s numbers of injuries and deaths. Since 2003, the population of older adults, defined as age 65 and older, has increased by 20% and the number of licensed older drivers increased by 21% to 35 million in 2012, according to NHTSA. Last year, NHTSA reported that 5,560 people older than 65 died and 214,000 were injured
A veteran Washington adviser who has worked for four Presidents on both sides of the political aisle said that the stunning Government Accountability Report report that found President Barack Obama has not had a one-on-one meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius since the passage of Obamacare over three years ago is an indictment of the entire White House operation and shows that the Obama administration has bordered on "malfeasance." "I have no doubt the White House is right, that Secretary Sebelius was in several group meetings with the president about health care," Gergen caveated, "but the whole
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Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the hapless, goalpost-shifting so-called "architect" of Obamacare, told Fox News´ Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that President Barack Obama´s promise "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" was absolutely true--with one important caveat: if you like your doctor, "you can pay for it." Wallace grilled Dr. Emanuel, challenging his false claims that California´s enrollment was keeping pace with the percentage of the young population necessary to keep the system afloat, and pointing out that the president´s promise on doctors would collapse once people lost their insurance or their
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