Err, yes Mary.
We don\’t have any carriers left, we\’ve not got any planes that could fly from them, we simply do not have the sort of military forces which could do anything.
So what you want to do then?
Both the last lot and the current lot have left Britain entirely unable to do the one thing that, as an island nation, we\’ve always needed to be able to do. Land an expeditionary force from the sea, fight, then take that force off again.
And, of course, protect it with air power while all of this is happening (this last of course being a creation of the 20th century).
It\’s not even about Iraq and or Afghanistan. Even if we weren\’t there, we still couldn\’t do anything.
It\’s all very well cutting the military budget but what happens when you actually want to have some deployable military power?