The parades at Wooton Bassett and on our evening news programmes, the emotive anger of the bereaved and the clamouring of opposition politicians may yet weaken the will to see this thing through (by which I mean exterminate as many of the Taliban as is humanly possibly, while buttressing the patently flawed regime in Kabul). But none of the stuff we have heard from the opportunistic (and plainly useless) Mr Clegg, and from the Tories for that matter, about ill-prepared troops suggests that the original intention to commit troops was wrong. Or that it is right to bring them home now. The army was ever ill-prepared; I cannot remember a single war fought by our troops without the friendly fire from opposition politicians about a shortage of weapons, uniforms, military vehicles, morale and so on. Of course we might all wish that no British soldiers had been killed: that is an easy thing to wish for, after all. But it is what happens in a long, drawn out, war against an ephemeral enemy. The best way to support our troops right now is to give them our support, not to raise a white feather on their (unwanted) behalf.