According to the talking heads on TV here (the US), the British failure to hold Basra is the death knell that lost Iraq to the Iranians and rained on the great victory parade that we were supposed to be holding right about now. Comments by Brits' Gen. Sir Mike Jackson and Maj. Gen. Tim Cross don't seem to be helping either. We are afterall infallible and not akin to taking criticism lightly. That is why this is the prevailing opinion among the general populance (an opinion that is supported by some of your own I might add.) http://jonathanmiller.wordpress.com/2007/07/13/britain-has-lost-the-war-in-iraq/ It seems , the surge was going picture-perfect until the Brits decided to turn tail. Apparently, you guys are no better than than the Frogs. What gives??