• 18 Aug 2009

    Journalists and soldiers have very different ways of looking at the world. Journalists question everything; soldiers accept the task assigned by politicians. Journalists stand back to see how what’s happening fits into the big picture; soldiers set a limited goal and make it happen. Journalists are sceptics; soldiers have to believe in the rightness of…

  • 17 Jul 2009

    Afghanistan: Dannatt eschews the real debate

    General Sir Richard Dannatt, the retiring head of the British army, has done a remarkable thing. He appears, single handedly, to have seen off the opponents in the political classes to the Afghan war.