Sabotage at its Best

Enough is enough. Today, we are seeing new rules of engagement being developed to appease a few and which are highly questionable. The very base of our proud military is being exposed to a new rule of “them and us” with some receiving special treatment. Do the experts really believe this will enhance team cohesion and spirit? And what of sense of purpose, individual and collective pride and battle discipline?

Thus my scribbles scrawled in haste and anger this very morning. I make no apologies for any of my comments.

George Mansford 

                 Sabotage at its Best

The military brass of the space age is at it again
Besotted by political correctness and seeking more fame
Bowing to Canberra Masters who know naught of bloody war
Changing the rules and not knowing what for

Who cares about extra risk to pilots and crew?
The bridge must be destroyed even if we lose a few
However, if women are gathering firewood in the area as well
To attack or abort is the decision for pilots to make and later tell

Orders are orders and the air crews think they know what to do
Ground fire is heavy and casualties more than few 
Is that a woman with firewood as the attack is about to begin?
A split second decision determines if they lose or win

No doubt, ruses from past wars will always be the go
Add to the list, lots of firewood carriers running to and fro
Our sky warriors, obeying such orders will suffer loss and pain
Then the fools who made the rules will each receive more medals again

When will this the madness stop which erodes purpose and spirit
Why blunt a very sharp sword with stupidity that seem to have no limit
Team spirit will dim and sense of purpose with pride will surely wither
Unless we rid ourselves of political correctness and Blimps who grovel and dither

George Mansford  2019


  1. Linton Solomon says

    We here you Sir, I wish your thoughts would invade some of those aforementioned fools minds in Canberra.

  2. Peter Kelly says

    What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
    — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
    Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
    Can patter out their hasty orisons.

    No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
    Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,—
    The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
    And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

    What candles may be held to speed them all?
    Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
    Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.

    The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
    Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
    And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

    The morons in Canberra have lost sight of the fact that war is a bloody business. Only Singapore has a monument to civilians killed in war. NanJing has a museum dedicated to all who were killed in the Japanese occupation of that city where about one every six seconds (on average) was killed by the occupation forces from 1937 – 1945.

    Until the shiny-arses in Canberra butt out and let the warriors fight the wars, it will only get worse.

  3. Jim ANDERSON says

    What a pack of loonies we have running the ADF these days. I’m glad I no longer serve.

  4. George, your anger is not only from you,MANY of us must feel the same! I know I do! The serving men and women must be very angry ,but cannot say a thing. It is just stupid, unreal, how these TOP PEOPLE IN THE SERVICES are KILLING MORAL! I keep asking myself…..why ….Is it a TACTIC to recruit themselves for higher positions on discharge? Is SOCIALISM stronger than we think? Have they been bitten by the RELIGIOUS BUG? If they were real PROFESSIONAL MILITARY MEN,who had experienced war, they would understand that the majority of Servicemen are very humane and do not have to be told this complete BULLSHIT!

  5. Richard Barry says

    As usual George we are with you all the way.