Saturday, December 5, 2009

 

Andrew Gilligan in The Spectator (UK):
The leaked papers show British naivety on two fronts. In postwar Iraq, smiles and handshakes could not work. Even previous peace support operations, such as Bosnia, had only been resolved by the use, or threat, of massive force. And with the American alliance, we only belatedly realised that this was no marriage, but more like the relationship between General Stewart and his driver. The harsh reality is that that, in Iraq, was just as well. The Americans were broadly right, and we were broadly wrong. I, for one, am glad they ignored us.