Sorry, drunk and angry. I saw (on TV) the coffins returned this week from Iraq and heard of the latest fatality in Afghanistan. These losses are deeply mourned. The UK seems to be in some sort of hiatus, or perhaps an interregnum. Blair is apparently handing over to Brown but those of us north of the border may be in revolt, destroying the traditional Labour base. Meanwhile, Dubya is extending the tour length of troops and fighting off Democrat challenges on a variety of fronts as well as defending his miscreant former colleagues such as Scooter Libby and Paul Wolfowitz. So what is the strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan? The status quo in Iraq is not working. As pointed out from the start by many observers, the "surge" may work but only if it is sustained for a prolonged period. This is beyond the resources of the US, and the current temporary "surge" seems to be failing. Afghanistan is probably a war that could be won with appropriate resources and reconstruction, and with a realistic view on the agricultrural production of the poppy crop. However, the current effort of fighting two counter-insurgencies and insisiting on the eradication of the poppy crop makes this highly unlikely. The current operations in Iraq seem to have the sole purpose of perpetuating the political lives of two discredited leaders. I can see no other "benefit" from the continued effort. Any leaders without the baggage of "legacy" or past decisions would be making different decisions, accepting the failure in Iraq and managing an exit strategy which would enable the focusing of resources on Afghanistan. Us Brits will probably witness an about-turn in a couple of months and the US will probably undergo a similar experience once Dubya goes. My question is - why not recognise the reality now? The reality is staring us in the face and has been for some time. I believe it is only the vanity of political leadership that is sustaining the course we are on. This has cost lives and will continue to do so. So, what should be done and what are the prospects once this political hiatus is over?