Well the Govt have been forced to face the issue of overstretch as the 40 year old ACE is disbanded as the farce Tony B Liar gov't finally faces the humiliating fact that it cannot sustain a mere 1500 troops for this vital NATO asset. The 6000 strong former NATO unit was placed on high alert for deployment "accross the full spectrum of operations from humanitarian assistance to war fighting" in 1995. In the pitiful years of Blair leadership the withdrawl of British troops has led to the disbandment oif this unit because of overstretch in the so-called "War Aainst Terrorism (TW@T). The force was always designed to deploy rapidly, but without a core of British troops NATO has reached the decision that this is no longer possible. With the withdrawl of British troops the effort was no longer viable and the ACE has been disbanded. Humiliation to Blair I say! Enough of my drunken rantings...read the Telgraph and discuss! Edited coz my drunken typed rambled spelling is pantz.