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Message 1380937 - Posted: 14 Jun 2013, 5:13:32 UTC

Isn't this the attitude we want in all ours leaders.

Australian Chief of Army David Morrison

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Message 1381017 - Posted: 14 Jun 2013, 10:28:22 UTC - in response to Message 1380937.  

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Damn, haven't heard that term "moral courage" in that context for a very long time. No way then will he ever be allowed into politics!


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Message 1381021 - Posted: 14 Jun 2013, 10:56:37 UTC

That response by the head of the Australian army was pitched at exactly the right level for it's intended audience, was exactly what was needed, and I would not have expected any less from a senior serving Army Officer. In the UK we have had senior armed forces Officers fresh back from a tour of duty abroad, that give an opinion upon the state of the country that they have returned to, which is usually uncomplimentary. But you simply cannot compare life in the forces to life on civvy street.

It's horses for courses, to lead an army in times of war and conflict needs, special experience and training and a different kind of leadership to civvy street. You wouldn't expect any politician to be able to do that. Conversely to be a senior politician needs different skills, of a similar high level, which senior army Officers would not have i.e. international diplomacy, detente etc. Of course there are similarities in leadership qualities and maintaining discipline but they are necessarily different.

Have the military transitioned successfully to running a country? Franco in Spain, De Gaulle in France, Eisenhower in USA? Ike, yes I would say so, the other two probably not. If you try to run a country like you run the military, you end up like Russia and China. David Morrison did good, fair dinkum, but on't lets all get carried away on a bit of gung-ho euphoria.

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Message 1381028 - Posted: 14 Jun 2013, 11:46:57 UTC - in response to Message 1381021.  

Think you need an extra supply of pills!

You ever heard of Morals & Principles?


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Message 1381032 - Posted: 14 Jun 2013, 11:59:45 UTC - in response to Message 1381017.  

+1

Damn, haven't heard that term "moral courage" in that context for a very long time. No way then will he ever be allowed into politics!


No he'll never be invited into the "Many Words Saying Nothing" Society.

+++ to David Morrison.

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Message 1381222 - Posted: 14 Jun 2013, 20:04:49 UTC

You ever heard of Morals & Principles?

+++ to David Morrison.

Big sigh,

David Morrison did good, fair dinkum,

Why do I hang out with big girls blouses on a Friday night? You're right I do need a repeat prescription.

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