I do not think the public will accept for much longer that our losses can be justified by simply referring to the risk of greater terrorism on our streets.
Nor do I think we can continue with the present level of uncertainty about the future of our deployment in Afghanistan.
I think we must be much more direct about the reality that we do punch a long way above our weight, that many of our allies do far too little, and that leaving the field to the United States would mean the end of NATO as a meaningful proposition.
And he goes on to propose:
It should be possible now to say that we will move off our present war-footing and reduce our forces there substantially during our next term in government.
We also need a greater geopolitical return from the United States for our efforts.
This is a serious strategic objection. Joyce is frightened that the war may be lost, and points toward ongoing divisions that - as he says - endanger NATO "as a meaningful proposition". That the stakes are this high, that a schism among the occupying powers can bring down the organisational basis of the Euro-American alliance and eventually result in America's defeat, is something that ought to give antiwar campaigners a bit of spirit and urgency. There is not a moment to lose. Build now for October 24th.