Basra withdrawal: a media stunt to end a PR war

The British troop withdrawal from Basra has both been hailed as a victory and described as a defeat. For the UK tabloid the Sun, the movement of 600 soldiers from Basra palace to a British airbase 10 miles outside of Basra is an ‘historic moment’. It has taken ‘guts, skill and determination’, says the Sun, to reach a point where the British can ‘hand the city back to the Iraqis’. Yet for the Daily Mail, the withdrawal is an ‘ignominious defeat’ and a ‘sad day in our military history’

Lets face it. We all knew that there was no way we were going to leave Iraq as "Winners" in the eyes of the public, Iraqi or British. So lets just accept it. Alot of people are going to see Iraq as a defeat for the military. I think more accurately similar to Vietnam its just going to be a Political failure due to lack of public support!

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