I felt almost sick reading this blog post in the Telegraph about the breakdown in relationship between the British military and local Iraqi forces.
The short-termism in Gordon Brown’s government has created a situation where the troops in Iraq can no longer do their job but are still at risk from daily attacks.
The appalling result of political triangulation means that Brown won’t withdraw British troops for fear of upsetting our American allies but won’t let the army do its job for fear of casualties. This limbo is demoralising and dangerous. For the Labour government to have squandered years the army’s of “hearts and minds” work in Basra is disgusting.
We must not let the faltering economy and the local government elections lose sight of the terrible betrayal committed against the army. Men and women risk, and even give their lives in support of a government which doesn’t understand them, care about them or support them.