Over on Kings Of War The MoD in full calypso collapso mode by ROB DOVER My bold, yet it was done anyway. And I'm afraid that's how it will be next time regardless of the means available. The great power reflexes remain embedded in the British establishment, while that is so an expeditionary capability is a necessary expense. It was damn close to being a Franco/Brit show this time with poor Barry being embarrassed into a domestically thankless alliance commitment that amounts to "kicking in the door" and hoping DC's scrawny European allies can at least provide the appearance of finishing the job on their doorstep without demanding a huge investment from the muscular but hard stretched Pentagon. That hope may be audacious.