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Wallace sounds alarm bell on future UK-US defence ties

Press TV – January 12, 2020

Defence secretary, Ben Wallace, has warned that in future Britain may have to contemplate fighting wars without the United States.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Wallace made the extraordinary claim that the prospect of the United States retreating from a global leadership role under Donald Trump keeps him “awake at night”.

In comments that is bound to raise eyebrows in defence circles around the world, Wallace claimed that the UK needs to “rethink” military assumptions in place since 2010, which have centred on close partnership with US armed forces.

The defence secretary said that the government should use the “upcoming defence review” to purchase new kit to ensure that the British armed forces are less dependent on American air cover and spy planes in future wars.

According to Wallace, the UK is preparing to conduct the “deepest review” of the country’s defence, security and foreign policy since the “end of the Cold War”.

Wallace appears to be worried about Trump’s putative “isolationist” tendencies and its impact on Britain’s military and security posture going forward.

“Over the last year we’ve had the US pull out from Syria, the statement by Donald Trump on Iraq where he said NATO should take over and do more in the Middle East”, Wallace said.

Wallace’s sweeping prediction will strike many defence analysts as odd, at least in immediate terms, and in view of the fact that the UK has given every indication it is prepared to join the US in conducting military operations against Iran.

January 12, 2020 - Posted by | Militarism | ,

1 Comment »

  1. “Wallace claimed that the UK needs to “rethink” military assumptions in place since 2010, which have centred on close partnership with US armed forces.”

    Which wars does this idiot have in mind? Is he a member of the “Parliamentary Friends of Israel”? Does he think that more War is inevitable ? And Why?

    “the United States retreating from a global leadership role under Donald Trump keeps him “awake at night”.

    “The United States retreating from a global leadership role” sounds like a good idea to me. Less War means a more constructive World. God only knows, the last 50 years has been deplorable……And the only people who could be happy about it, must be the “Military Industrial Complex” “The CIA/Pentagon” and the Lunatics at the highest levels of Government in Washington and Tel Aviv/Jerusalem,……….and, of course WALL St.

    Like

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | January 13, 2020 | Reply


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