I just don't think that serving soldiers (and I emphasise serving) should whine on about politics when a crisis emerges. They should have considered the possibilities long before and either not joined or left when they had the chance. I respect your opinion as I do those of others posted on this subject here and elsewhere.
I am roughly with MDN on this one and I fully agree with the point made above.
To be brutally honest, when I was still in (pull up a sandbag ), I didn't really give a t0ss about the politics behind the orders. I had joined to do a job, that job is what was requested of me, therefore I went to do it.
Sounds a bit "Nuremburg defence" I know, but that's just the way it was. I didn't question NI, Grapple or Granby (won't count Cyprus ) because I didn't really give that much thought to the why's, just the hows.
We can whinge all we want when we leave, as me and MDN have proved