Am I the only person who thinks the Australian armed forces look increasingly like milksops in khaki?
- The chief, Major General David Morrison, bedazzled by Angelina, carrying on as if the armed forces are some sort of gender equality workshop. Excuse me, I thought the role of the armed forces was to defend us and to kill people, if necessary.
- Despoja breathlessly endorsing the chief and banging on about our role in peace keeping missions. Evidently we have the armed forces because of peace.
- Retired Major General Cantwell being used as an ‘expert’ on the geo-politics of the Middle East. This was the guy who wrote a book with David Marr – say no more. And his point of view: going into Iraq was a mistake and we must stay home now. Going to gender equality workshops will fill in the time, I guess.
My guess is that men on men bullying and harrassment has always been more of an issue in the armed forces than men on women.
And what are the consequences of all this messaging for recruitment – only political correct, namby-pamby types need apply? Wow and wow.
Many years ago, one of my friends was called up (in the late 1960s); he always had a choice about going to Vietnam. But after a few months of marching up and down a paddock in Queensland, he went because that is what being in the armed forces really meant. He ended up doing very well after that, with his university studies highly subsidied.