Sounds a little odd:
Britain\’s ability to defend itself from attack has been called into question after deep cutbacks to the Armed Forces were announced to pay for the war in Afghanistan.
When unemployment rises we don\’t cut unemployment pay in order to keep the budget constant. We wouldn\’t insist that a pandemic were paid for by cuts in the NHS.
So why insist that the extra task of fighting in Afghanistan has to be paid for from the rest of the military budget?