End of the Lecture Series

After all those lectures on the superiority of the "soft hat strategy", one wonders how many reports like this we will see. Chances are... not many.

The British military strategy in Basra has failed, and everyone knows it. I can't wait to see all the mea culpas from the American press, which derided the Americans for being too "aggressive" and not using the superior British military strategy. Or the British press who trumpeted their "international sensitivities", and general intellectual superiority.

I'm not holding my breath.

Hell, the British should have learned from their own successes in Malaya, an insurgency not dissimilar to Iraq and one where the British posted about 150,000 soldiers for almost a decade.
They didn't take any crap from those insurgents and, lo and behold, Malaysia is the most successful (and only?) democracy in the Islamic world.

Basra may be the place where the Iraqi government finally steps up the plate, as they seem to be trying to do. But one wonders what the Brits will do. I'm betting that Gordon Brown will fold like a dirty shirt, and his run as Prime Minister will be crippled to the end (if it isn't already).

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.