Can anyone explain why, at a time of national financial hardships and budgetry cutbacks, we can afford the hundreds of millions of pounds we're spending on yet another imperial adventure in Libya?
News that the regular army is to be cut back and more reliance put onto the part-time and very professional Territorial Army is surely just a cynical way of paying for the increasing cost of the war in Libya.
It took just weeks to move from implementing a "no-fly zone" to a full-scale policy of killing Gadaffi and regime change, yet the atrocities in Bahrain and the repression in Saudi Arabia are simply ignored just because those states tick all the correct political boxes.
Our foreign policy in the Middle East is clearly to support the creation of a US/Nato-led economic bloc in the region.
This of course comes with a hefty cost, with our shrinking full-time army just being the latest to pay the price of achieving that aim.