Looking a gift horse in the mouth is generally thought graceless and discourteous. But when the donor is a multi-millionaire ex-Prime Minister who took his country into a war of dubious legality and certain immorality, and the recipient is a charitable project for injured service personnel, the convention may justifiably be set aside.
David Cameron has tried to use Armed Forces Day to whip up support for the unpopular war in Afghanistan, but the ruinous cost of ineffective military spending is clearly at odds with his government's rhetoric about the urgent need for cuts.
A new report that highlights Afghanistan’s extensive mineral deposits provides fuel for the United States’s military project, says Professor Paul Rogers. But it also signals the existence of a wider resource-competition that reflects the 21st-century’s emerging geopolitics.