Ex-UK military chief says Blair, Brown underfunded army

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 5, 2010 17:43

LONDON — The former head of the British Army has accused former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown of forcing the military to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan without adequate funding.

Gen. Richard Dannatt said in book extracts published Sunday that Blair "lacked the moral courage to impose his will" on Brown, who was his Treasury chief and succeeded him as Labour prime minister in 2007.He accused Brown of having a "malign" influence on funding of the Iraq and Afghan campaigns.

"History will pass judgment on these foreign adventures in due course, but in my view Gordon Brown's malign intervention ... by refusing to fund what his own government had agreed, fatally flawed the entire process from the outset," Dannatt wrote.

Extracts from the book were published by the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.


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