Armed forces

The RAF is in danger of being destroyed on the ground

21 July 2010 11:03

Liam Fox is anticipating the Strategic Defence Review, preparing the services for what will be extremely bad news. Britain will…

Out by 2014

20 July 2010 12:26

It remains a hope, but Hamid Karzai wants his country to control its own security by 2014. Karzai echoes the…

The chaos of military deadlines

18 July 2010 12:30

The leaked communiqué, obtained by the Independent on Sunday, stating that British troops will not be fighting in Afghanistan by…

Cameron: 2015 is a "long term cut-off point" for troops in Afghanistan

16 July 2010 16:27

Remember when David Cameron said that Britain “cannot be [in Afghanistan] for another five years”?  Since then, the coalition has…

Concentration not capitulation

7 July 2010 13:23

There is a difference between a withdrawal and a retreat. Through no fault of its own, the British army was…

Unwinnable war?

26 June 2010 11:26

Today is Armed Forces Day, and I don’t recall seeing such collective negativity from newspapers and broadcasters on the Afghan…

Cameron wants troops out of Afghanistan by 2015

25 June 2010 17:42

Everything about the Cameron government comes in fives. Five year terms, a five-year coalition and now we learn that it…

Hail to the chief

24 June 2010 9:02

How wrong I was. President Obama, lambasted by his critics for being ponderous, has acted with lightening speed: less than…

Cameron is dignified in trying circumstances

15 June 2010 17:07

As David says, the conclusions of the Saville Inquiry make for grim reading. One person with close links to the…

McGuiness, culpability and atonement

15 June 2010 11:50

I wish that every time Martin McGuinness offered commentary on the Saville Inquiry, it was pointed out that he admitted…

A day that re-opens old wounds

15 June 2010 9:11

Building on a peace process of compromises, Tony Blair called the Bloody Sunday inquiry to placate nationalists in Northern Ireland.…

Defence matters

14 June 2010 14:32

Sir Jock Stirrup’s early departure was one of the worst kept secrets in Westminster. But the ‘resignation’ could have been…

Did the bureaucrats lose the war?

10 June 2010 14:01

The Times went big on their story of Britain’s campaign in Helmand, and all the mistakes made in 2005 when…

No politician visits the frontline

10 June 2010 10:06

A few years ago, when I was serving with the Grenadier Guards in Iraq, I was part of a team…

Achtung, Liam

8 June 2010 10:27

Defence Secretary Liam Fox is used to looking across the Atlantic for military inspiration and across the English Channel to…

Post-2011 Afghanistan: Plan B

4 June 2010 17:51

Having returned from Washington DC, where I spoke to a range of senior policy-makers about Afghanistan and Pakistan, I am…

Noises off, officers

4 June 2010 15:13

David Cameron is caught between a rock and a hard place. His government is rightly committed to its AfPak policy…

Trans-Atlantic  powwow

1 June 2010 17:48

I’m in Washington DC at a high-level seminar on trans-Atlantic relations with the “who is who” of Europe and the…

Avoiding Groupthink

30 May 2010 16:11

I hope CoffeeHouse readers will forgive the attention I am heaping on the Afghanistan War these days, but the campaign…

War, Statesmen and Soldiers

30 May 2010 11:46

Fifteen days ago Newsweek had an extract, no not from Alistair Campbell’s diaries, but about something that actually matters –…