US General Stanley McChrystal, describes the forces he commands in Afghanistan as like "a bull charging at a matador and getting weaker with each cut."
This is shorthand for "we're losing". So McChrystal has produced another 'new strategy' to get the occupation armies
out of their deepening crisis which made August the worst month for soldiers getting killed since the invasion in 2001.
But there's nothing 'new' about this strategy.
There will be another huge troop 'surge' -- predicted to be an additional 20,000 -- which will mean that Obama has doubled the troop deployment since becoming president.
McChrystal says the foreign armies will need to stay in Afghanistan at least another three years, adding his
prediction to all the others -- ranging from one year to 40 years -- we've had from politicians and military leaders.
With Gordon Brown strongly hinting that he will follow Obama and announce an increase in British troop levels, the need for the national demonstration on Saturday 24 October to represent the voice of the majority in Britain that opposes the war - 69 percent in the latest poll - was never clearer.
National Demonstration: London
Troops Out of Afghanistan Now
Saturday 24 October Central London
Called by Stop the War Coalition, CND and BMI.
For updates: http://stopwar.org.uk/