Never before in the history of armed conflict/peace keeping has there been such a self-licking lollypop. HQ ARRC has now well and truly ensconced itself in Kabul, Afghanistan and the self-perpetuation machine is in full flow. A wise man once said that it takes approximately 400 staff officers to self-generate work. Imagine how much hot air is created in Kabul with over 1000 personnel in the HQ ARRC self-generation machine. Indeed, my COS was heard to comment the other day "HQ ARRC (HQ ISAF IX) is like a giant balloon with 80% of the people inside sucking and 20% of the people blowing." Roll on the next 8 months!!!!!!