There are too many opinions floating around, accelerated and widely distributed (potentially) by the Internet. Most are worthless, but Simon Jenkins has the habit of hitting the nail on the head. There may be no such thing as “truth”, but he writes intelligently on any subject he tackles. Usually, he writes about people that lack intelligence, empathy, or good judgment.
Anyone that has not figured out the folly of trying to conquer Afghanistan should read Flashman, by George MacDonald Fraser. It is fiction, but it is based upon the British experience in the 1800s. Besides that, it is very funny (about a tragic subject).
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.