That meant defence spending would have to increase and the country would have to accept new realities about the nature of the fight.
"On the part of the military, they need to accept that in a volunteer armed force, conflict and therefore casualty may be part of what they are called upon to face.
Where does he get the idea that the military is unwilling to accept casualties? It’s obviously going to be unwilling to accept more than it actually has to sustain, and that situation might be improved by better kit and logistics. A sense that they weren’t involved in something futile might be generally helpful.
It’s plain bizarre to start a speech with an open ended commitment to war and then go on to accuse the army of cowardice. But this does seem to be an emerging theme of the endless farewell waltz. We’ve all let him down in our various ways, and we should all be thoroughly ashamed of ourselves.