So what aren’t we being told about the Kiwi soldier who could be jailed for planting explosives?

November 10, 2013

Some idle thoughts on a news item today about our soldiers. Obviously we aren’t being told the full story.

A chat with our Minister of Defence next week might winkle out some much-needed answers.

But what the hell is going on at Defence HQ when a soldier can find himself (or herself in these enlightened times) facing a court martial for planting explosive devices in Afghanistan?

Or allegedly planting such devices.

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Kiwis are coming home – but what have their interpreters done to be resettled in Hamilton?

April 5, 2013

It’s great to learn the New Zealand Defence Force has taken its light armoured vehicles out of active duty in Afghanistan ahead of the final pull-out of the provincial reconstruction team in Bamiyan later this month.

It’s time we got out of that benighted country.

Dunno why the military was reluctant initially to make the pull-out public, but as Stuff tells us here, Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has confirmed the withdrawal.

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They are masters of corruption in Kabul – so what will Chris Carter be doing to clean things up?

September 1, 2011

It’s a bloody shame Radio NZ did not take the opportunity to subject Chris Carter to a proper interview this morning.

The bugger who questioned him was much too preoccupied with reminding us of Carter’s past, such as his use of taxpayer-provided perks.

But Carter is being despatched to help clean up the corruption in a country where they take their corruption seriously and are masters at it.

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The derision after displaying a dick diminished by the cold should be discipline enough

February 13, 2011

But would you proudly show your minnow?

The Army seems to be hiring blokes who are not as bright as Alf would like them to be. This bodes ill for the defence of the realm.

This observation is based on news of a New Zealand Army officer being sent home in disgrace from his job as a machinery operator in Antarctica after showing pictures of his genitals to female co-workers.

It is a well known fact that a bloke’s genitals are apt to shrink in cold weather, and – as Alf understands these things – it can get bloody cold in Antarctica.

Taking pictures of your nob and your knackers in these conditions is not calculated to show them off to their best advantage.

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How to improve NZ’s political reportage: assign Soper and his mates for Teleban target practice

June 30, 2010

Alf’s spirits lifted enormously, when he spotted a headline at Scoop this morning: NZ journalists under fire in Afghanistan.

The story beneath did not quite meet Alf’s expectations – or (he confesses) deliver on his hopes.

All that happened was this:

A TVNZ journalist and cameraman were travelling with the NZ Army bomb disposal patrol that came under fire in Eastern Afghanistan late yesterday afternoon.

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SAS secrecy policy is again shot down by allies

October 6, 2009

(as dictated to Mrs Grumble)

So who needs enemies when you have friends like the Norwegians.?

The question will have been raised in the Beehive – surely – after Norwegian General Sverre Diesen told Oslo-based newspaper VG the SAS would replace a Norwegian special forces contingent that had been based at Kabul.

The Norwegians had been involved in the arrest of “several wanted insurgent leaders responsible for planning and running suicide attacks against targets in the Kabul region”, Gen Diesen said.

The SAS would “take over” from the Norwegians, he said.

It’s not the first time our allies have published details of an SAS deployment while the New Zealand Government remained silent.

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Claire view of the UN farce

May 18, 2009

Alf was having a bad night and couldn’t sleep. Perhaps this was a consequence of gut-tearing news: BustedBlonde has sounded the last post at Roarprawn.

His night was made worse by a Te Ahi Kaa interview beamed into Eketahuna by Radio New Zealand. It featured one Claire Charters, who was giving this country a bit of a hard time in the human rights department and – would you believe? – dragging Afghanistan into considerations when asked to compare our performance with that of other countries.

Charters was yapping (for much too long) about the United Nations Human Rights Council, the outfit which has recommended our government better protect Maori rights.
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