David Richards

Could the Taliban become a useful ally against Islamic State?

22 July 2015 10:05

For the better part of a decade, Nato forces fought a bitter war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, which claimed…

General Kayani leaves a gulf at the head of the Pakistan army – and Pakistan

13 November 2013 11:16

Pakistan’s Army chief general, Ashfaq Kayani, has announced that he will retire on 29 November. In doing so, he put…

Hammond fills Fox’s shoes

14 October 2011 18:24

It’s official: Philip Hammond is the new Defence Secretary and it’s a wise choice. The tough work: making the cuts,…

Targeting Gaddafi

21 March 2011 14:51

The press is currently making great play of an apparent difference between General Richard and Liam Fox on whether or…

Ashdown goes Fox-hunting

22 February 2011 18:07

There’s a quite remarkable op-ed by Paddy Ashdown in The Times (£) today which goes public with a lot of…

Theatre to mark Western decline

11 January 2011 12:12

USO is not what it once was. The days of Bob Hope’s wisecracking have receded into the past, and ogled…

Richards: we’re in it for the long haul

14 November 2010 18:15

General Sir David Richards does like thinking in decades, doesn’t he? A year or so ago, he was warning us…

A cul-de-sac of Gordon Brown’s making

8 October 2010 11:02

Earlier in the week, Liam Fox gaily described the Prime Minister as his ‘closest ally’ – a statement which aroused…

Fox, Osborne and Cameron engaged in Whitehall’s oldest battle

2 October 2010 11:12

Tory on Tory is a brutal cock-fight when defence is concerned. After the leaking of Liam Fox’s now infamous letter…

Forget the culprit, the MoD leak suggests that Fox doesn’t have Cameron’s confidence

30 September 2010 10:37

Liam Fox is sombre rather than sombrero. A man to reckon with, you’d have thought – determined to fight dangerous…

Dannatt’s departure means one less cook stirring the defence broth

2 August 2010 17:17

So Sir Richard Dannatt has departed the Tory fold almost as curiously as he entered it. Sure, have been no…

A General meeting

29 July 2010 14:04

The machinery of British foreign policy has been transformed to accommodate a larger role for DfID; that is one reason…

Cameron: 2015 is a "long term cut-off point" for troops in Afghanistan

16 July 2010 16:27

Remember when David Cameron said that Britain “cannot be [in Afghanistan] for another five years”?  Since then, the coalition has…

Noises off, officers

4 June 2010 15:13

David Cameron is caught between a rock and a hard place. His government is rightly committed to its AfPak policy…

Avoiding Groupthink

30 May 2010 16:11

I hope CoffeeHouse readers will forgive the attention I am heaping on the Afghanistan War these days, but the campaign…

Military manoeuvres

11 January 2010 15:40

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, the leadership speculation starts stirring again. It’s…

500 more troops to Afghanistan

14 October 2009 17:28

Gordon Brown’s Afghanistan and Pakistan statement was virtually identical to the joint statement he gave with Battlin’ Bob in August.…

Dannatt may be overstating his case, but the government is being disingenuous

6 October 2009 14:17

General Sir Richard Dannatt issues a vociferous condemnation of the government’s commitment to British efforts in Afghanistan in the print…