Because we sure as hell don't have any aeroplanes to speak of.
Apparently we are going to provide 'troop on the ground' if required as well. It seems our soldier will pop over to Libya at weekends but he has to be back in Afghanistan by 08:00 Monday mornings.
Seems like our armed force is going to be a busy chap
Oh, and while I'm ranting, we had a union meeting today and apparently, the government will not answer any questions regarding the 25000 civil servants they want to sack from the MoD.
The unions, understandably, would like to see if those figures can be minimised and so would like to see figures and costings. Little wonder the government is being tight-lipped then as there is a leaked document in e-mail form confirming that there are no figures or costings. The value of 25000 was just thrown out as a nice soundbite for a gullible public. They have already decided that the MoD could not function with this many sackings though so as soon as they have done so, they will start recruiting for new civil servants for the MoD.
They have also decided that to save money, they will fill civil service jobs with military staff.
For example, I am the civil service equivalent to an army Lieutenant-Colonel. My civil service salary is less than Ã‚Â£45000, a mid range Lt. Col. is on Ã‚Â£70561.
How does that save money?
Oh, I forgot, MoD uses a different calculator to the one the real world uses.