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As soon as I saw this headline in the Telegraph Bob Ainsworth criticises Barack Obama over Afghanistan I was curious to see how the BBC was going to report it. It's been obvious since Obama was elected that the BBC were as happy to fawn over him as they were to show scorn for Bush. True to form, there is no mention of the defense secretary's criticism of Obama's 'dithering' about sending more troops to Afghanistan, which Ainsworth blames for contributing to loss of support by the British public for the war effort.
Last Edit: Nov 25, 2009 15:27:12 GMT by Teddy Bear
Mybe if we had someone other than Bob Aimless trying to manage the military the public might not have lost as much support. He really is so far out of his depth it's unbelievable. Everytime he goes to a military unit or visits the troops in theatre they have less respect for him after his visit than before he got there. Concentrating all our planning for the future on whats currently going on in Afghan is a big mistake, it won't take long until the RAF is reduced to a handful of figter's for air defence of the UK, troop/cargo transports and 300 helicopters to ferry soldiers around..... The sooner him and his chums in New Liarbour are out of a job and we have a Defence Review the better.
At present, the BBC is only answerable to itself in deciding its standards and coverage. How does it measure up to what you consider good quality, and impartial and unbiased reporting as required by its charter? All TV viewers in the UK are forced by law to pay for this 'service'. Do you believe that what is received truly 'serves' the society, - or merely increases the problems within it?
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