Skip to comments.Defence Minister 'sets the bar too low': critics (Sweden)
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 Swedens 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.
Thats 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 Swedens 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 ministers attitude.
"Its remarkable and surprising that she thinks this is ok. Youve 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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Sounds a lot like Obama and his folks.
What? Me Worry?
All talk, no action. They can’t afford a real Department of Defense. They’re spending too much on social programs.
They have a muslim problem.
they can start by turning malmo into a combat in cities live fire training facility.
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