I donât suppose it will be any surprise to any ARRSErs that Tony had decided on war in July 2002. I donât have a problem with that. Given the sort of rabble he leads in the Labour Party he was always going to have to lie to them to keep them on board â thatâs political reality â not nice but grown up. What I object to is that although the decision had been taken the Armed Forces were not allowed to plan and organise properly for TELIC. People were killed who would not have been killed if we had had 8 months beat up. People suffered major psychological trauma because they went to war without the proper kit, because the Op did not have as much beat up time as it could have had. And with 8 months of planning we could have got the post war phase a lot better.