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A month after Gordon Brown appeared at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (on the day Eric Joyce resigned) he was followed yesterday by General Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan.
General McChrystal called for the war to be prosecuted vigourously with more resources. Flight Lieutenant Victoria Anderton told the general
“… can I say how much more confidence I have now in my chain of command than I had after Prime Minister Gordon Brown was here a couple of weeks ago”.
That she would say that so bluntly, and the room would dissolve into laughter, shows that Gordon Brown has become widely despised by members of the armed forces.
She is off to Kandahar, to serve Queen and country…