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?
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.