No Harm Meant, Honest

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British troops on the streets of Basra in Iraq last week

In a democracy, generals take their orders from civilian politicians and, as a rule, do their best not to embarrass them. Seems the chief of the British army didn't get the memo. Last week General Richard Dannatt, Chief of the General Staff, gave interviews to [an error occurred while processing this directive] the London Daily Mail and the bbc that had 10 Downing Street scrambling. True, Dannatt pointed out that British troops had made enough progress to turn over control of two southern provinces to Iraqi forces. But he also said that "the mere fact that we are still in...

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