Simon Jenkins, in yesterday's Guardian, suggests the military should be dissolved as 'We are safer than at any time since the Norman conquest. Yet £45bn is spent defending Britain against fantasy enemies'. He has a point. Do we need such a large military force?
I detect a change in attitude from David Cameron about the war in Afghanistan in the past couple of days. It's not possible to extract a particular speech or action. Perhaps it's his body language - I don't know. What I do think is that he's quickly learned a great deal about why we are in Afghanistan and he may not have been too pleased to hear the fine detail. It's certain that the horrific hanging of a 7 year-old boy, alleged to have been a spy, will have shown him that the culture of Afghanistan will not be changed by military force or any country attempting to force their own culture upon them.
David Cameron and his colleagues will soon participate in a long-overdue Defence Review. John Ward, ex-military and a man possessed with a large dose of common sense, has his thoughts about where he may find advice and it's also worth reading his latest post. Certainly those with an interest in the arms trade will be lobbying hard for the next few months because there is money in war, big money.
As for Britain, we have to stop interfering in countries which are no threat to us and we must kick the habit of saying yes to US orders. Just for starters.