The Decline of the British Royal Army

The current call is to reduce the number of Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks to between 170 and 150 (active and in storage). That doesn’t sound like very many tanks for an Army. They need to be upgraded if they’re to remain in service until 2035, and the British are reluctant to spend too much money to do that. Thus the reduction in numbers.

Turkey, by comparison, has 1,000 front line tanks (Leopard MBT’s) and is beginning to produce its new home grown Altay MBT.

Israel has 500 Merkava MBT’s in service and about 1,100 in storage.

In an article (h/t Claudio) linked here, Britain’s armored fighting vehicle capabilities have been labelled as “deplorable” in a report released by the parliamentary Defense Committee on March 14.

Actually, “deplorable” was one of the kinder terms used by the committee to describe the Army’s reasons for letting its armored vehicle fleet atrophy over the last two decades.

“The recent history of the British Army’s armoured fighting vehicle capability is deplorable,” the committee wrote. “This report reveals a woeful story of bureaucratic procrastination, military indecision, financial mismanagement and general ineptitude, which have continually bedevilled attempts to properly re-equip the British Army over the last two decades.”

The use of the word “deplorable” in the USA is usually reserved for American politicians describing white people in ‘fly-over country’, but applying such a word to the British Army’s capability should be alarming to citizens of the UK.

 

The Decline in the Lebanese Pound (currency)

Violent protests erupted across Lebanon after the country’s currency plummeted to a new record low, amid an economic crisis that poses the biggest threat to its stability since the 1975-1990 civil war.

The Lebanese pound has lost roughly 85 percent of its value in recent months and slid to a record new low on Saturday, falling to 12,500 pounds to the US dollar on the black market, though the official rate remains at roughly 1,500 pounds to the dollar.

In response, there was a protest near the parliament in Beirut, during which protesters briefly stormed a reinforced gate leading into the compound, only to be repelled by riot police firing tear gas canisters. It’s difficult when a bushel basket of currency won’t buy a bushel basket of bread. Ask the Venezuelans.

It often leads to regime change, or to the government deploying troops and shooting hungry people.

America, run by a man in severe mental decline and a whore, is poised to face similar problems if national policies continue. Comparing Lebanon to the USA is an apples and oranges matter, but the snake can’t keep eating its tail forever without these problems being made manifest.

 

HMS Leonidas

Painting – Storm and Sunshine: A Battle with the Elements, by W.L. Wyllie 1885

It’s an uninteresting picture, only showing a hulk and some fishermen in front of it. But this is not a normal Hulk. This was once HMS Leonidas a 36-gun frigate, launched in 1807. By 1872 had ceased active service to become a powder hulk storing gun cotton. You can tell it’s a powder hulk by the red flag. And these Hulks were always placed far out on a body of water, so if there was an explosion it would only destroy the Hulk and her guards, possibly nearby fishermen, but not anyone else.

Entropy – sic transit gloria mundi – it comes to us all. It comes to Great Britain with the sore decline of its army and navy. The British threw in with America under President Trump. But they’re mostly white and under Jo/Ho they will be repudiated, I fear.

 

Aspirations 

 

“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse, when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is . . . in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”

– Theodore Dalrymple.

 

They’ll go Higher

 

A Sodomite no More?

March 9, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Milo Yiannopoulos, the gay man whose conservative messaging and willingness to speak the truth sparked riots on university campuses may well trigger more outrage now that he describes himself as “Ex-Gay” and “sodomy free,” and is leading a daily consecration to St. Joseph online.

21 COMMENTS

  1. Joe Biden’s brain has decided to check out and is taking the rest of us with it.

    • It’s only just begun. I don’t think that it will get any better and all indications are that things will get measurably worse.

      To save further humiliation & injury, they need to put a “chair lift” on the stairs to Air Force One, so great grandpa can ride up.

  2. It is interesting times is an understatement. The collapse in Lebanon is surely a portend to what will happen here, especially when the EBT cards quit working. I give it odds it will happen within five years.

  3. 2020 was the perfect storm opportunity taken to extremes in short order to upend society so the power hungry (meaning “every loser who can’t hold a job) can run amok.

    The global decline- keeping people under tyrannical control over a stupid virus purposely unleashed to destroy a President and nation while fomenting fear in the uninitiated, American MSM switching overnight from attack to covering for their naked idiocy team, and the anarchists waging war on morals, law, and definitions, will not portend well by July 4th. “Allowing” freedom, is not freedom.

    This will get nastier, and the “they” have underestimated “us”.

    • It would be nice if the evil could be reversed. Alas, it has gone so far that we’d need the rapture to sort things out properly.

    • The US Dollar is still the world’s reserve currency. The Chinese want the RMB to be the currency but the central government sets its value. It doesn’t float on the market and that’s a problem for them. For the moment.

    • Yes and no. If Biden folds in a month or two, it makes the Party look bad. If he can hang on until June, at which time the grim reaper will take him in his sleep, it can all be spun and minimized as Ho takes the reigns.

      • A couple points:

        a)
        “…takes the reigns…” is delightfully Freudian!

        b)
        Military tanks are used to fight/destroy?… I am coming up empty here.
        Other tanks?… and
        Fixed fortifications?… during
        Another phase of World War The First?

        I am having trouble imagining their ability to protect me from suicide-bombers and trucks plowing through pedestrians at bus-stops by combatants without uniforms.
        But, similar to military hats fabricated from a ‘durable polyester blend’ by a ‘minority-owned’ ‘defense contractor’, they look real pretty in parades.

        • Tanks – for the question…

          Tanks are effective in land warfare, particularly when you control the air (air supremacy). They destroy pretty much everything and we’ve seen them in action against dismounted infantry and against other armor in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s difficult to stop them even with modern anti-tank weapons unless you’re perilously close. Today, tanks are part of a combined arms force. Armor, artillery, close air (rotors and A-10’s) and infantry. Using them in conjunction, they all work.

          They’re not intended to protect you from terrorists who seize an airplane with box cutters and fly it into the building where you are working. They don’t protect you from the lunatic with a bomb strapped to him. But in a battle, on the ground, it’s very nice to have them.

          If you don’t have them but the other guy does, you are at a significant disadvantage.

          Most tanks and war machines in the world as a whole never draw blood, and are never used in anger. One can argue that what good are they? What good are nuclear arsenals if we don’t unleash a nuclear winter through their use?

          Today, the Chinese have an ambition to rule the world and they are taking steps to do that. They may succeed. But when you go up against nuclear-armed states, there is that weapon of last resort that might make you think twice. And that’s the point. Mutually assured destruction.

  4. I got up this morning to see people talking about the futures prices for various foodstuff having skyrocketed. Sound like that’s where the money printing if going or the moment, but be prepared for the recent increase in fuel prices to be made to look like a piker.

    Soybean futures up 72% in recent months. Nearly doubled in the last year.
    Corn up nearly 50%
    Wheat up 44%
    Need I say more?

    • They’re prepping for the hunger games. I’m sure that they’ll have a down-under edition too.

  5. “It’s an uninteresting picture”
    I dunno. I wish I could remember the exact quote (who said what) so this is a paraphrase:
    Painting is a form of alchemy, wherein the artist uses a brush to turn a mix of essentially dirt and grease into golden light on the canvas. Which is what Wyllie did here. Also, the composition is nice.

    Sitting here at office waiting for some datasets to download. Catching up on spillover from the work week. This salaried (i.e. overtime? hah!) malarkey is for the birds.

    • Sorry you had to work today instead of playing. Put in for overtime all the same, or remind them at bonus time. Explain that you have three wives and fifteen children to feed.

      If you say it with enough earnestness, they might believe you. Then again, polygamist, isn’t on the list of approved grievance classifications. Hint darkly that you’ve been in touch with the Discovery channel and they are going to give you your own syndicated TV show – “Mike+3”. I’d volunteer to be your producer but I have no desire to fly from where I am to where you are.

  6. I can’t blame you. If I could get (affordable) high-speed/bandwidth internet in northern NH I’d probably be there. Or somewhere other than Boston.

    These days I look tired and stressed enough one would think I really have three wives, so the fable is not an impossible sell.

    You know, for health insurance purposes we should all identify as 27-yo women. Lower risk, cheaper rates, dontcha know. Age and gender are merely social constructs. How DARE State Farm mis-gender and mis-age me!

    • Age, race, and gender are all constructs of the evil patriarchy, so yes, it might be a good idea to re-identify myself as a 27 year old “person” (we don’t use “woman” anymore after Joe Biden signed the executive order eliminating gender). Though numbers such as 27, only serve to place you in an uncomfortable box, that’s a complete fiction. You’re only as young as you feel, and the actuarial tables should be modified to reflect that.

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