The forthcoming Strategic Defence and Security Review was long trailed and long overdue, most of the interested parties had high hopes.
At almost every opportunity the MoD, Liam Fox and others were at great pains to stress that whilst it had to be conducted with reference to the financial situation, it would be a competent and strategy led exercise.
Some of us even naively hoped that the usual pre Defence Review past time of inter service politics would take a back seat and the services would come together, taking a holistic view of what was needed.
How naive we all were.
The SDSR is now descending into the familiar inter service briefing and spin and the intervention of George Osborne and David Cameron in the Trident funding issue is nothing but playing politics with Dr Fox whilst letting the defence of the realm play second fiddle to their games.
The SDSR is not yet published and in all reality we simply do not know, beyond the snippets that are selectively released into the wilds, what is being discussed or positions being taken.
Is it a way for the Liberal Democrats to engineer the cancellation of Trident by stealth, a means of getting rid of the troublesome and far too right wing for the Brokeback team, Liam Fox, some way of cutting off any right wing unrest, a means of driving us into more EU integration or, well, the combinations go an and on.
What it is not though, is strategic or indeed anything to do with defence and security.