For those of you interested in the performance of the United States Armed Forces over the last two decades, especially combating the invasion-born insurgent movements of Afghanistan and Iraq (and the many-headed hydra of militant political Islam that US and Coalition operations accelerated in growth and influence) the journalist James Fallows has a provocative opinion piece in the Atlantic magazine that makes for essential reading. Just as relevant is the varied responses of Fallows’ supporters and critics which can be found here. Meanwhile closer to home we discover through a Freedom of Information request in Britain that one of the highest ranking British officers to be killed in the war in the north-east of Ireland, the South African-reared Lieutenant Colonel Ian Douglas Corden-Lloyd OBE MC (commander of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Green Jackets regiment and at one stage a rumoured member of the much-despised SAS special forces unit), died when an Aérospatiale Gazelle helicopter-gunship he was travelling in crashed while under fire from an Active Service Unit of the South Armagh Brigade of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army in February of 1978. What makes this story interesting is the denial by the British military and civil authorities for the last thirty years that the aircraft had been lost to enemy action while providing air cover with a Westland Scout light chopper to British soldiers pinned down near the village of Jonesborough. As with most aspects of any war it is time that reveals all.