Just spare a thought for the guys and gals roasting in Iraq.
The draw down of troops, which was spun by the government as being because of a better security situation, has had exactly the effect that I predicted. British troops are now clustered in a smaller number of locations and have been more heavily targeted than at any time since the initial conflict (Telic 1).
It needn’t have been like this. The politicisation of this conflict has been disgusting, from Blair’s desire to hide his intention to go to war to the current despite not to let reality get in the way of a “good news” story. I have no doubt that service lives have been lost because of this government’s desire to been seen in a good light by the left wing and their own back benchers.