The British armed forces are deeply overstretched as I have written on numerous occasions. Clearly is isn’t possible to increase the number of soldiers and the amount of equipment they have quickly so the only viable remedy to overstretch is a reduction in commitments.
So why am I not jumping for joy at the news that Blair is going to bring some of our troops home? Is this pull out happening because Basra is now ready for self government or is it just about changing the flags on the coffins?
If the security situation worsens after the first tranche of troops come home will Labour reinforce the British contingent that remain, will they pull them out quickly or will they just leave them to their fate?
If the job in Iraq is done then let’s bring the troops home quickly, if it is not done then can we morally justify the carnage that will follow our withdrawal?