So Prime Minister didn’t read the report that was critical of Taji Military Camp



The Prime Minister said he had no idea about a report published last month about the safety standards and the pointless counter productive training environment underfunding has caused amongst Iraqi trainees at Taji Military Camp…

John Key unaware of Defence report on Taji camp
Prime Minister John Key said he was not aware of a US Defense report which raised concerns about the equipment and conditions at the Taji Military Camp before he visited Iraq last week.

The Inspector General of the US Department of Defense report was the first review of the US-led coalition’s efforts in Iraq since it began in October last year and the officials had visited the bases in May and June, just after the New Zealanders arrived in Taji.

New Zealand trainers were among those the team had spoken to.

The report said that the trainers had raised concerns about the living conditions for the Iraqi soldiers, saying the water and power were not on and it was distracting trainees from their work.

Although the Iraqi Government was responsible for the Iraqi facilities, it had not invested what was needed to upgrade them.

“As a result the trainees’ poor living conditions have had a significant effect on soldiers’ morale.”

…does that seem a tad concerning? Shouldn’t the PM have an unglazed assessment of the pointlessness of our soldiers deployment into an underfunded military camp? Couldn’t he had read them on the flight over? Shouldn’t he kinda be aware of exactly what conditions the men and women he’s put into harms way as our membership fee to the 5 Eyes Club is going?

Isn’t that something you’d think he’d keep tabs on?

Shouldn’t it be?

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Apparently not. Apparently Key had not read a very critical report that challenges the whole rational for being there in the first place, but he visited anyway, patted them on the back, got to play soldier to embedded journalists who thrilled at the adventure, talked tough and then flew home.

Time for PR photos, but no time to read critical reports.


  1. But Key did have time to read Hooton’s report about 5 alleged TPPA Labour Party dissenters and mentioned “division in the Labour Party” every time he was asked a question abour TPPA on radio reports this morning.

    Hooton’s article must have had some very good pictures for Key to colour in on the way back from Camp Taji.

    • What pictures are you talking about Winnie? Do you mean images of the 5 Labour dissenters?

      If you are, I’m sure the best colours for the PM to colour them in would be with muted shades of yellow, subtle nuances of purple (United Future colour, NOT Mana Internet) or delicious gradations of deep blue. Not a hint of red in sight. ( I had to ask the PR people if “shades”, “nuances” and “gradations” were the right words.

      • Hm See-more…and not one radio journo asked him about the conditions at Taji, OR The Inspector General of the US Department of Defense’s report.

        You’re a muppet See-more like all the other paid trolls here. Too busy spinning to ask the hard questions, just the patsy questions that allow Key to avoid the hard questions and play the man, not the ball.

        Key must be champing at the bit to race over for the final of the World Cup to have their mana rub off on him. Spin over substance.

  2. “Time for PR photos, but no time to read critical reports. ”

    Perfect summation.

    It must be galling for our esteemed Dear Leader to throw his weight in behind the American Empire’s war efforts in the Middle East – only to have the rug pulled out from under him by an honest appraisal from a branch of the US government!

    Damn that transparency, eh, Dear Leader?

  3. In a world in which U.S. foreign policy looks more like tragic comedy than a projection of strength and democracy, things continue to get more and more surreal. I suppose this is what happens when an inept status quo fails to step aside (or be imprisoned), despite decades of gross mismanagement and monumental failure.

    All those trillions spent on Iraq alone and it looks like some cyberpunk utopia. Kinda makes since to keep money matters out of headlines.

    • The money may have been “spent on Iraq” but to whom did the money go?
      Boeing, Lockheed, Grumman etc etc get billions for cruise missiles, cluster bombs, white phosphorus, depleted uranium munitions etc etc
      Then there are the military infrastructure support companies – buildings, latrines, laundry, catering, telecommunications, transport etc
      Raze the country, destroy the infrastructure – $$$$ to the military industrial complex.
      Then, lo and behold, back this up with “humanitarian” aid rebuilding the infrastructure to US standards (e.g. CDMA cellphone standard vs GSM used elsewhere in the Middle East) doling out contracts to KBR and Halliburton.
      The cynicism that underpins all of this is unbelievable.

  4. Oh yes…this wormy little individual is quite content to send our men and women to Taji and possibly have their brains blown out for the price of the TTPA ….

    Because this is what its all about and these are YOUR sons and daughters New Zealand.

    Now recall when Key said we wouldn’t commit …yet after the election HE did – not us!!!

    New Zealand ,…you are slow learners… and easy prey for scurrilous criminals like Key.

    Do you not remember that he cheerfully sacked over 600 employees at a prominent bank earlier in his career?

    Have you not listened to and observed the discrepancies of what this individual says against what he does?

    Are your memories so incredibly short you have no recall of the long long list of anti democratic initiatives this character has brought to this country?

    Does this not bother you ?

    I fear many of you fail to discern between what is ‘ character ‘ and what is ‘ personality ‘ .

    Many hideous leaders who have had – at first – winning personality’s have been guilty of the most heinous crimes…in fact ,…they use that quality to manipulate people …at its most base level…you have the con – man.

    Yet those more bland types but with good character traits have been the real and true leaders – unfortunately – often in the minority…often overlooked yet being the ones with the true answers…

    This man and his govt has been caught out lying so many times, have made outrageous promises that have never been fulfilled… remember the 300, 000 jobs to be created when Key first ran for National?

    To date …we still don’t have a complete bicycle path that employs 200.

    That was back in 2008.

    We are still waiting.

    The XKEYSCORE and Cortex software programs…the lies about mass surveillance , … yet the illegal spying by the GSCB of 88 New Zealanders including Dotcom.

    The Dirty Politics run from Keys office – WHERE IS JASON EDE ???

    The disclosure of Chinese speculators ramping up house prices – and the roaring silence by Key and his govt.

    No wonder there still isn’t any Foreign Buyers register – too many vested interests and ulterior motives by the govt to do that.

    And what about the deaths of people in cold damp houses in this country – and this govts total incompetence and self justification of its ineptness?

    And their answer is to sell off yet more of this country to foreigners ???

    Just what do we pay taxes for ? – and work for such minimum wages to boot?

    Where is this ‘ bright future ‘ of Key?

    In the blood and sands of Iraq???

    Lets try Pike River – the preventable deaths of 29 workers – why ? – to enhance the profit margins of corporate self interests. And what does Key do after promising tighter Health and Safety regulations?

    Loosens them !!!

    And we get WORM FARMS instead!!!

    Gerry Brownless…the failed EQC minister….. now the minister for defense after he screwed that one up.

    And not long after he got that portfolio…. what did he do?

    Filled with his own arrogance and sense of self importance barged through an airport security door he was not entitled to walk through..

    Not only jeopardizing airport security but also the jobs of those security workers.

    And this man is your Minister for Defense???!!!!!

    And lets not forget the Double Dipper from Dipton Bill English – the man who once stated ” we should be glad we have a low wage economy as this attracts foreign investment ”

    Really ???

    Pike River style investment???

    Wheres the surplus , Bill ?

    Drifted off with the 250 to 300 million dollars this govt borrows every week to enable tax cuts for the rich?

    While poor people as a result of those low wages cant afford doctors fees and die in substandard houses in winter , Bill ?

    That it???

    Paula Bennett – the woman who was on the DPB then removed the ability for people to study to lift themselves out of poverty as soon as she became Minister for social welfare – yet previously did exactly that and used that service for herself….

    That your idea of social justice was it , Bennett ???

    Really ???

    Along with using data files to publicly humiliate two women a few years back – that how you see proper use of govt dept files is it?

    Really ???

    Seems more like personal vendetta’s and bitchiness to me and thousands of others to be honest….

    This is only scratching the surface of what this govt has been doing and their prevailing attitudes towards the NZ public.

    We haven’t even gone into the $ 26000,000 for the flag distraction – or the ludicrous panda affair…

    Now New Zealand …ask yourselves this question as you let your minds wander back over the years of this govt’s tenure…think back to all the contrived lies and false promises that have been enacted….

    Ask yourselves…. could you honestly say that after seriously considering these people that you can trust them with peoples lives in Iraq??

    When Key says ” GET SOME GUTS !!!”….

    Was that Key or his son , or his caucus that he was willing to put on the line?

    Oh yes…I’m afraid you would have to agree…when Key says ” GET SOME GUTS ” !!! ….. he wasn’t meaning his…

    What he was meaning was his ‘ guts ‘ and other New Zealander’s blood.

    Such is the character of this 5 eyes spy network USA sycophant.

    From his genesis of sacking 600 employees to Pike River to the deployment of our people in Iraq…

    This man has no conscience.

    He will just as soon spill your blood as he would sell off this country’s sovereignty by undemocratically signing the TTPA.

    It is time you, – we – start to learn the difference between personality and character.

    The lesson is vital to contain these ruthless operators.

    For too long we have enabled these criminals by failing to discern between the two.

  5. I feel sorry for the Iraqi soldiers. They are probably only there because they desperately need the money. They are ending up being the poor souls who get killed and maimed.

  6. Keyster has no soul!

    He hates humanity and couldn’t care less about the welfare of those poor solders future living in that hell hole.

    Those solders are just “collateral” in the case of his need to be seen acting for Yankee doodle dandy Obama and his corporate armament companies Obama gets his election funding from.

  7. From Wikipedia:
    Plausible deniability is the ability for persons (typically senior officials in a formal or informal chain of command) to deny knowledge of or responsibility for any damnable actions committed by others (usually subordinates in an organizational hierarchy) because of a lack of evidence that can confirm their participation, even if they were personally involved in or at least willfully ignorant of the actions. In the case that illegal or otherwise disreputable and unpopular activities become public, high-ranking officials may deny any awareness of such act in order to insulate themselves and shift blame onto the agents who carried out the acts, confident that their doubters will be unable to prove otherwise. The lack of evidence to the contrary ostensibly makes the denial plausible, that is, credible, although sometimes it merely makes it unactionable. The term typically implies forethought, such as intentionally setting up the conditions to plausibly avoid responsibility for one’s (future) actions or knowledge. In some organizations, legal doctrines such as command responsibility exist to hold major parties responsible for the actions of subordinates involved in heinous acts and nullify any legal protection that their denial of involvement would carry.

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