Remember only the other year the Gov was talking of 20-30 years in Ganistan.
Labour wanted all their wars but never wanted to pay for what is the most expensive exercise a Nation can get involved in.
Mind you they will never cancel their Euro Force items, what became of all those Italian made 'Jeeps' ? let alone Gorden's vote winning Big Ships.
We need action, Now not in a year or so's time.
Gorden's scorched earth policy will be the ruin of UK, which he wanted all along.
Hang on, what's that got to do with anything? We managed to get involved in Iraq and Afghanistan without direct UN mandate, the mandates only followed afterwards to clear up the mess!
Still seems a damned silly thought from supposedly sensible people though. Given that we are more stretched than we've ever been it doesn't make any sense to cut back on the budget without reviewing the mission.
Is this not a deliberate act of downsizing to make our own Forces fit more neatly into the European Defence Force? Since we are hardly a nation state any more but a province of the EU, it makes sense that they will use the same undemocratic means of integrating our Forces as they have every other aspect of our nation. Ask Ashie, the original goal of 'ever closer integration' means that they only stop and put their pens down when we are a single state. Our European masters won't allow us the luxury of getting involved in these conflicts of our own accord for much longer, and they certainly don't have a history of openness and honesty so it falls into the pattern of subtle long term changes that would be made to fit us that bit closer together. Besides, once our Forces are too small and under-resourced to allow us the luxury of self determination we won't be in a position to act as we have done anyway.