Many years ago when the USAF's stock fighter was the F4 Phantom, an aircraft whose engine operated so inefficiently that to be under the flight path of a low-flying F4 was to be covered in a mist of unburnt kerosene, one of my locals was the Martlesham Red Lion, a short drunken drive from the Bentwaters and Woodbridge air bases. Popping in late one lunchtime for a quick pint and a basket of scampi and chips, a Septic F4 pilot we knew was slumped at the bar, clearly drunk. He was usually affable and an unfailing source of (duty evading) dirt-cheap US liquor from the base PX, but today he was ornery as a bear woken early (please excuse the vernacular here ..) . A quiet whispered conversation with the guv'nor revealed that he had been grounded - for being too fat. He couldn't safely fit in the cockpit any longer.
A strange little story. But every time I see photos of Saudi Arabian pilots, I'm reminded of him; they all also look too fat to fly, little brown chub-pots of greased mutton and buttered rice, and lacking the martial look. They look as if they'd rather be watching internet porn in a tacky airconditioned goldy-coloured apartment.
Anyway, the idiotic Cameron has put UK special forces in theatre in Yemen to try to get these KSA dilletantes to drop their weapons payload somewhere near the enemy rather than just dumping their bombs as rapidly as possible and belting-off on afterburners throwing chaff and flares out with gay abandon. It's as wrong-headed, mistaken and unwarranted as others of Cameron's foreign adventures. All the assaults on Yemen have achieved is to have created a very capable and very cross hornets nest of Islamist terrorists. As usual. You'd think he'd learn, wouldn't you?
You can tell whether a nation's warriors are committed to their task or not. Post-Vietnam in the late 70s, the USAF was just a rather slack flying club. The KSA now looks the same. The corrupt little kingdom of primitive barbarian savages much given to head chopping and oceans of blood drawn by domestic Islamists is ripe to fall to fellow Islamists equally committed to primitive savagery. And of course we'd be better off honestly facing an armed hostile KSA than we are now - when they fund terrorism, subversion and sedition here at home, and are allowed to destroy the UK from within because they give large crooked bungs to our corrupt general officers, civil servants and politicians.