Americans sidelined British effort in Iraq, says Sir Jeremy Greenstock British officials sent to run the newly liberated Iraq in 2003 found themselves sidelined by American authorities, under-resourced and answering to impossible requests from Downing Street as the country descended into chaos, the most senior British diplomat in the Iraqi interim authority told the Iraq inquiry yesterday. Sir Jeremy Greenstock, who was the most senior British diplomat in Iraq in the first six months after the invasion, when he served as the deputy head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, said that despite committing an entire British Army division to the Iraq war, Britain had negligible influence on the course of events after the fighting ended. âIn British terms it was an enormous expedition,â he told the inquiry. âIt was a well-executed job that the British did in the south east [around Basra] but in doing that job in the south east we added very little to what the coalition as a whole was doing in the rest of Iraq.â British officials discovered that their views carried little weight. More at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6958222.ece Concerning the last sentence, could it be the beginning of the end of the "special relationship" ?