What do the US Marines know that we don't? The Guardian reports:
Britain's entire fleet of Harrier jump jets, the veteran plane scrapped in last year's defence review, has been saved - by the American military.
All 74 of the planes are to fly again for the US marines in a deal that is expected to be closed within a week.
The Ministry of Defence said last night that negotiations were in their final stages. Reports in the US suggested the Marines were already preparing for their arrival.
Is it just that the Ministry of Defence is supremely incompetent? As they say, tell it to the marines.