They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Iraq: US Generals and neocons blame Brits for mess

General Jack Keane, a former US army chief who now advises American commanders in Baghdad, told a newspaper yesterday that Britain was failing in the south. "It is disappointing and frustrating to see a situation in Basra that was once working pretty well now coming apart."

There was also criticism from Michael O'Hanlon, of the Brookings Institution [ed:neocons], a Washington think tank. "Basra is a mess and the exit strategy attempted there has failed," he said.

The MoD rejected such criticism, insisting southern Iraq was making progress towards peace and stability.

Privately, some military insiders fear the UK forces are being subjected to a propaganda war from the US looking for a scapegoat to explain the lack of progress in the country. Read more