Aunty has a story about how Nato has formally ended its 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan. I got to watch it on TV, and noticed that the ceremony looked odd – like it was being held in a gym. And indeed the Beeb article sez Sunday’s ceremony was low-key – held inside a gymnasium at the alliance headquarters away from the public. What that article doesn’t quite bring itself to say – but the TV did – was that the ceremony was effectively held in secret, for fear of attack by the Taliban. That’s the measure of how disastrous a failure its all been. They didn’t add that last sentence, oddly.