Departure in sight

The changes of government on both sides of the Atlantic were always going to result in an effort to leave Afghanistan in a way that did not smack of outright defeat.

With failure looming, Obama is now redefining “success” to provide an exit strategy but Liam Fox has already decided that saving soldiers’ lives trumps saving face.

Yesterday, Dr Fox said that it was no longer a question of military victory over the Taliban but of ensuring that Afghanistan that was “stable enough”.

In the coming months we will find out just how elastic the word “enough” is required to be but for our forces families the nightmare is almost over.

George Bush and his “bestest” chum Tony Blair were an affable pair of chancers but their military adventures in Arabia were total lunacy.

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