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Defence Minister 'sets the bar too low': critics (Sweden)
The local ^ | Jan 9, 2013

Posted on 02/05/2013 3:52:48 AM PST by cunning_fish

Sverker Göransson, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, recently said that Sweden’s scaled backed military leaves the country vulnerable. Sweden, he claimed, could only defend itself for one week if it came under attack.

Defence Minister Karin Enström responded that the level of preparedness was appropriate given the credibility of an attack.

“This is reasonable if you assess what threats there are and also what it looks like in our neighbouring countries, which have about the same capacity as we do,” she told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

She said there is no current military threat to Sweden.

Her statements were not welcomed by some of her colleagues. Allan Widman, military spokesperson for the government-coalition partner Liberal Party (Folkpartiet), was among her critics on Wednesday.

“I think a neutral country must have higher ambitions than this irrespective of the current situation,” he told the TT news agency.

He said it was difficult to properly assess threat levels.

“That’s the tragedy of trying to assess threats to national security. I agree that the likelihood of attack seems low, but no politicians can rule out a military offensive.”

Widman pointed out that Nato is not obliged to come to non-member Sweden’s aid, a point also made by the military coalition's secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen in the autumn of 2012.

The opposition Social Democrat party also expressed concern at the defence minister’s attitude.

"It’s remarkable and surprising that she thinks this is ok. You’ve got to set the bar higher,” said Peter Hultqvist, chairman of the parliamentary committee on defence.

The Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) spokesman Erik Lagersten took to Twitter this week to explain further the statements made by the commander-in-chief.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Local News; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: defence; europe; nato; sweden

1 posted on 02/05/2013 3:53:04 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish

Sounds a lot like Obama and his folks.

What? Me Worry?

2 posted on 02/05/2013 4:25:05 AM PST by Venturer
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To: cunning_fish

All talk, no action. They can’t afford a real Department of Defense. They’re spending too much on social programs.

3 posted on 02/05/2013 4:25:57 AM PST by Bryan
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To: Venturer

They have a muslim problem.

4 posted on 02/05/2013 5:36:08 AM PST by USAF80
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To: USAF80

they can start by turning malmo into a combat in cities live fire training facility.

5 posted on 02/05/2013 7:47:09 AM PST by bravo whiskey (“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”)
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To: bravo whiskey

Ha ha.

6 posted on 02/05/2013 2:45:32 PM PST by WesternCulture
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