October 8, 2004


British troops to form Africa force (GETHIN CHAMBERLAIN, 10/08/04, The Scotsman)

BRITISH and European armed forces are to be used to create a rapid reaction force to intervene in conflicts in Africa by as early as next year, Tony Blair announced yesterday.

Mr Blair said that the new battle groups would act to end a conflict if Africa was unable to do so on its own.

And he warned that failure to tackle Africa’s problems risked creating more weak states that would become havens for terrorists, including al-Qaeda.

The expansion of Britain’s military commitments comes against a backdrop of severe cuts to the country’s armed forces, including the loss of one Scottish regiment.

They'd not only be useful in such a role but wouldn't have to make the improvements they're likely incapable of.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 8, 2004 9:44 AM

The first time the 'Fuzzy-Wuzzies' start firing back, the Euros will go running back for their mommies, like they always do.

Posted by: Bart at October 8, 2004 10:39 AM

We're the country with the unworkable missile defense system, not them

Posted by: Harry Eagar at October 8, 2004 5:18 PM

Doesn't need to work--it brought down the USSR without working.

Posted by: oj at October 8, 2004 5:26 PM

Hang on a second, not only does the missile defense system work, it's already being deployed.

Now, it's true that the system couldn't handle all of Russia's missiles, the primary sticking point being target acquisition, as Harry points out.
However, if it's even 50% effective against say a dozen incoming ICBMs, it gives pause to any smaller nation thinking of expending their tiny nuclear arsenal against the US.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at October 8, 2004 9:02 PM

Actually, I was thinking of the worthless Aegis missile system against aircraft or cruise missile targets.

The Europeans have at least two alternative systems (British and Italian), and while I'm not sure the Italian one is any good, it could not be worse than ours.

The British system is somewhat effective.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at October 9, 2004 6:01 PM