This has appeared in today's Telegraph. Saudi Arabia drafts in up to 10,000 troops ahead of protests - Telegraph In my view this is the most serious development in the whole Middle East awakening saga, not least because Saudi appears to have threatened to intervene directly in Bahrain. Given that our Armed Forces have been cut to ribbons and are in no shape to respond to a new threat, is it more important to prolong the agonies of Afghanistan or pull everything back to the UK/Germany in the next two to three months so that we can reorganise and be ready to protect vital interests nearer to home? I'm for the second course of action. I'd like to see Western Forces regenerating and being reorganised rather than give the likes of Iran free reign because we're bogged down in the back of beyond and overstretched beyond belief. I don't believe we can now afford the luxury of leaving Afghanistan on a relaxed timetable.