On the day when Winchester welcomed back its own and Obama sacks his commander in Afghanistan, another British soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.
Once more he was a Royal Marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines and was killed today by small arms fire. The Royal Marines are taking the brunt of the Taliban's insurgency recently and must be feeling the loss of another colleague is a loss too far. We have now lost 303 of our military in this bloody war. Why? Again I ask the question because it has never been answered by our politicians. We're not protecting our country fighting this war. This government is continuing the message of the last one and that PM had no interest in the war. His only interest was ensuring he was internationally recognised as the US's best friend.
Now, in the US, regardless of the messages from the Afghan government supporting General McCrystal, Obama has decided to sack him. I doubt this has little to do with a magazine article but far more to do with personalities.
According to the BBC Obama said he had made the decision because General McCrystal had failed to "meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general". In other words those is charge must toe the political line or else.
It was poor judgement from McCrystal, he ought to have known better, but his comments were personal about members of the US government and did not reflect upon his ability to do his job. Obama is obviously so insecure he has to sack someone he disliked. How will the American public react to this? Will they begin to ask the serious question of their politicians 'Why are we there? and insist on an honest answer. I do hope so.