My stars, what have we here? Two surprisingly sensible comments on defence spending from sources I would not have expected.
First up, Philip Hammond, Minister for Defence in Britain’s coalition government, who has now decided that maybe there are things that the private sector can’t do as well as the public sector. The background is, of course, the failure of private company G4S, which had won a contract to provide security for the Olympics, to fail so miserably at the task that several weeks before the election the Olympic organizers asked security forces—you know, the army—to provide security instead. Even Mitt Romney noticed, apparently. The happy result here was many thousand British men and women in uniform getting two or three weeks of hazardous duty wandering around Olympic Park, instead of spending time in Afghanistan or someplace else, and everyone had a good time talking with them. Continue reading