The commander of US forces in Afghanistan General David Petraeus described his task as: “Building an advanced aircraft while it is in flight, while it is being designed and while it is being shot at.”

Sounds like your onto a winner there, David (not).


It was poignant to see the magnificent new version of Sherlock Holmes on TV features a modern day Dr Holmes who, like his forerunner, is a veteran of the Afghan conflict.

Sad we’ve learned nothing in the intervening century

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