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Retired Air Marshal speaks frankly about Iraq

Update: 2 September 2014: decision having been made to provide arms to Kurds, James Brown from the Lowy Institute, ex Australian Army, author of Anzac’s Long Shadow, lists some fallacies relating to this new involvement. It puts a different perspective to that beneath.

Another view from Hugh White.


Chris Uhlmann last evening on 7. 30 interviewed Air Marshal Geoff Shepherd (Ret’d) former Chief of Air Force (2005-08) on the eve of the possible deployment of RAAF jets to Iraq as part of a US-led coalition. The video and transcript of the interview is on the ABC site.

AM Shepherd gave an interesting insight into his thinking, which may be taken as representative of at least some of his cohort (senior current or recently retired ADF officers). In other words, the people on whom governments which generally lack military experience – as the prime minister reiterated on Anzac Day this year – rely for strategic advice.

Among other things, AM Shepherd noted:

Remarks by AM Shepherd when serving (interview 2007) show his concern that the RAAF have the best technology and the best people.

28 August 2014