Reading this detailed account of the national service experience – peppered with moments of humour among the long years of pointless routine – invites the question whether it made any sense.
Heading to Sunday dinner with the familer? You'd better tell a forces press officer first if your cousin works for the local paper.
If the aid budget becomes a means of plugging the shortfall in defence spending, aid campaigners will feel they have been misled.
"Staines has at least bothered to put together a response".
How the country's all-powerful military succeeded in bringing down the Pakistani ambassador to Washi
The biggest question, of course, is how you define "victory": now or in a decade.
It's time to reflect and deliberate on what has happened since 9/11 prompted politicians to go to war.