For a man who admits to being 'no intellectual', our lumpen Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has had a lot to say for himself in recent days. Predictably, most of it was not very clever.
In an article for this week's New Statesman magazine, he accused those who question our presence in Afghanistan and the level of blood sacrifice involved as 'defeatists'.
He went on to dismiss critics of troop and equipment shortages on the front line as 'people who misunderstand the nature of coalition warfare'.
Then yesterday, in direct contradiction of all military experts including the new head of the Army, General Sir David Richards, he told the BBC that we should be able to 'sort Afghanistan out within the next year or so'.