Can anyone explain the strategic thinking behind the move to Basra airport and subsequent drawdown to 1500 men? On the day in which we learn of more terrible news, why don't we just announce the pull out of troops in Iraq? What will a toe-hold in Southern Iraq achieve? What reinforcements will 1500 men be able to provide for the Iraqi Govt? How many soldiers will be available for reinforcement from the UK, when it has already been announced that troops will simply be switched into Afghanistan? Will Basra simply become a fixed base target for the militias? In short, is this all about politics and nothing more? Thoughts with the families on another terrible day in Iraq.