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Britain’s defence is
in fighting shape

Telegraph [UK], by Michael Fallon

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 7/20/2014 4:11:32 AM

To serve as Defence Secretary is an awesome responsibility and great privilege. Keeping Britain safe in a dangerous world is the job of our magnificent Armed Forces; keeping them properly equipped and supported is my priority. The horrific scenes we witnessed this week when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down in Eastern Ukraine remind us that we live in an increasingly unpredictable and fragile world. A world where instability in the Middle East, in the Horn of Africa or on the frontiers of Europe can still have the severest consequences for British citizens. It is important that we get answers

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Please read the rest of the article to see how hard the Conservative government has worked to repair the basic damage to defense caused by the previous Labour government, and is apparently well on its way to ensure a bright future. Read about the tens of billions allocated for defense and how that money will be spent. Multiply by 1.5 to gain an approximate dollar amount and consider the UK has about 1/6 of the US population.

Is our defense budget this healthy? I honestly don´t know--anyone?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: oldsfc, 7/20/2014 7:59:44 PM     (No. 9933145)

The UK, like the rest of Europe, cannot fight it´s way out of a bar fight. The welfare state vacuums up all the money. This guy is dreaming.

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