There is a debate to be had about future engagement with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. It can be had without propagandising for its members and making the fight against them look ridiculous.
“We hoped right up until the end that the Afghan government and its armed forces would be able to hang in there…” says Chief of the Defence Staff General.
Those in power seem to actively dislike the culture which has made Britain’s forces globally respected.
The Chief of the Defence Staff explains the importance of the rituals and ceremonies, suspended for Covid-19, to current and former servicemen.
It is rare to hear the defence establishment talking plainly about the need to protect Britain against external threats.