The Afghanistan War does not have public support. It is hard to know what you would say about why we are there if you met the bereaved family of a soldier killed in Helmand.
Nick Clegg has made his strongest statement yet on the topic. Talking on the Politics Show he said:
".....he wanted the mission to succeed but the present course was "almost certainly condemned to failure".
Mr Clegg also said his party's backing for the war was not "unconditional".
I am convinced that he is right to focus on this issue. History is littered with examples of failed Afghan adventures. Unless we have clearly defined objectives, a strategy to match and an exit strategy we will fail at terrible cost to our young soldiers.