Tony Blair is in reflective mood as he leans over his grande cappuccino, contemplating another sip. It's been ten years since he and co-creator George W. Bush took the world by storm with their hit show The Iraq War and, as is often the case when an enduring series reaches a milestone anniversary, fans are debating the possibility of a reunion.
The hero-soldier brand is undeniably potent. The increased presence of soldiers at sports events - be it at Premier League games or the Olympics - is a shrewd move by the PR-savvy Ministry of Defence. The idea of a wholesome, dutiful hero is very appealing and is very much a feature of British identity, intertwined as it is with our military history and our imperial present.
Like smoke drifting across no man's land as the sound of the guns and the mortar finally fell quiet, the Christmas truce of 1914 has been shrouded by the mists of time. A historical event which occurred early in the First World War and one many of us are familiar with; yet it has the feel and texture of legend as much as fact.
Ashdown appears unbridled by, or wilfully ignorant of, the fundamental issues which make a mockery of his analysis. While he is right to point out that some of the issues which concern people about the growing use of drone warfare are reflected in extant military practices, his conclusions are baffling and misplaced.
What we also know about Shaker Aamer, though, is that he was officially "cleared for transfer" out of the camp several years go. He is one of 55 prisoners so categorised by the joint-agency Guantánamo Review Task Force set up by Obama in the wake of his famous (and long-since broken) promise to close Guantánamo within a year of taking office.
Ten years on, we meet to ask 'was it worth it?' Presumably not for the many hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed in the conflict. The figures may vary (Iraq Body Count put the number at around 120,000 while the Lancet counted upwards of 600,000) but the story is one of devastation nonetheless.