Thursday, September 10, 2009
Gordon the glory hunter?
You've got to ask yourself why The Prime Mentalist rubber stamped a special forces operation to save the twat of a journalist Stephen Farrell. Negotiations for his release were well underway and in all probability would be successful. But no, Gordon had to go steaming in thinking he was a political Rambo rather than the political Norman Wisdom that he really is.
Farrell had been warned many times not to venture into the area as it was extremely dangerous after the bombing of fuel tankers that had been stolen last week, with many civilian deaths. Clearly the lure of glory and a journo award or two had clouded his judgement. I wonder how the families of the dead resulting from his rescue feel.
So, who instigated the Hollywood Blockbuster style rescue? There is criticism from Army chiefs about the operation and this speaks volumes. Did Gordon or someone within the cabinet propose the rescue? And why were the normal channels used in situations like this not allowed to reach a conclusion?
Perhaps The Prime Mentalist was hoping for a 'good news' story from Afghanistan to crow about, but unfortunately the reverse Midas touch that he seems to have has struck again.
Update - Gordon is blaming others