Comments yesterday from General Sir Peter Wall on the ISIL/ISIS took me rather by surprise.
Isil has committed grotesque acts of terrorism, but I am not [sure] what kind of understanding we have of their strength and capabilities. We have to be very careful that we do not get sucked into an international conflict without having a proper understanding of the situation on the ground… we were found wanting in these respects in Iraq and Afghanistan and it took some time to get things right.
Is anyone else troubled by the admission that we are so bereft of information on what has been characterised by the Government as a direct threat to the people of the United Kingdom.
The candid admission from the outgoing Chief of the General Staff is in stark contrast to the move to increased involvement being encouraged by the Government.