Tuesday, April 3, 2018

I guess the enquiry into Operation Burnham is going ahead then...

Not sure what other conclusion there is to draw from this: Tim Keating to stand down as head of the New Zealand Defence Force.

Well, I suppose there is one other possible conclusion: that after he was caught lying in his response to the allegations in Hit and Run, the government made it clear he needn't consider asking for his contract to be renewed.  I'm not sure that's effectively different from the first conclusion, though.

To be fair, I should include Keating's statement

"One thing I wish to place on record is that my departure had nothing to do with the recent spurious publicity about Operation Burnham – a 2010 NZSAS operation in Afghanistan."

However, I should also point out MRDA.


Noel said...

Not sure what it will achieve. One accusation has been firmly rebutted.

Of the other on the evidence available in the public arena that's looking very doubtful as well.

Anonymous said...

Noel.....I think they will be looking at the planning, target evidence and control. For Keating to bail out so early is not a good sign, usually that means he knows more than he's telling...we wait out.

Lord Egbut

The Veteran said...

Milt and Egbut ... in your haste to see something where there is nothing you failed to do your homework. All the service chiefs are appointed on a fixed term contact. Keating's contract expires in June.

Care to name me the last time a service chiefs contract was rolled in say the last two decades? I'll save you the trouble ... ain't been any.

For the record and below I have listed the tenure of office of all CDFs (CDF came in to being in 1991 ... before that he was styled CDS)

VA Sir Somerfeld Teagle ... 1991-95
LTG Tony Birks ... 1995-99
AM Carey Adamson ... 1999-2001
AM Bruce Ferguson ... 2001-2006
LTG Jerry Matepaere ... 2006-2011
LTG Rhys Jones ... 2011-2014
LTG Tim Keating ... 2014-2018

Of all CDFs only Jerry Matepaere served longer then Tim Keating (by 202 days).

Kinda makes your comments look rather stupid ... nah, clumsy.

Anonymous said...

Depends on what ever schedule has been arranged for the hearings Veteran....end of June is 11 weeks away add few days extra as a courtesy to the enquiry panel seeing as it was 'im that muddied the waters over village location......as I said wait out.

Lord Egbut

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... again, I suggest you do your homework. Any Inquiry has the powers conferred unto it by the Commissions of Inquiry Act. s4D1 of the Act gives the Inquiry the power to summon "any person" to appear before it. That LTG Keating may have retired does not give him immunity from fronting to the Inquiry.

I repeat, you are seeing something that doesn't exist.

Anonymous said...

Quite right....but it's a better look being an ex than an is.....Gives the impression of distance...Am I right in thinking he was economical with the facts?

Lord Egbut

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... with respect ... rubbish. You are continuing the narrative being run by Milt that he resigned BECAUSE of the Inquiry. My earlier comment put paid to that.

As to your 'economical with the facts bit' and you are pre-judging the question. You have not heard the evidence and neither have I. We have seen the allegations made in the book and the NZDF response. The Inquiry will hear from all parties and make a judgement and then, and only then, will the validity of your assertion become clear.

The only thing I'm not sure about is whether or not the Inquiry will make its judgement based on the criminal or civil standard of proof i.e. beyond reasonable doubt vs the balance of probabilities.

You seem to have made up your mind that Keating is guilty as charged (by the left).