yep and the spending fcuk ups they contribute to by messing about with perfectly good kit to make it useless or too expensive - they should also be allowed to defend themselves against politicians and their spin by having their own press officers again.
I'm inclined to agree with Whiskeybreath both operations were beholden to the political class in the same vein that all post 1945 armed conflicts have been. That being said nobody left Iraq smelling like a bunch of roses, be they uniformed personnel or elected officials, and the same will hold true when we all finally unass A-Stan. My assessment on the performance of both our nations' top uniformed leadership is that their primary failing was their unwillingness to speak truth to power either to the PM or the POTUS. And it is precisely when one reaches the four star/OF-9 grade that your primary purpose in life is to tell the political princes what the hell is and is not good military policy/strategy.
On a note aside I just picked up a book titled The Generals by Tom Ricks, who is the top defense correspondent on our side of the drink. The book deals with the selection and performance of US Army general officers from WWII through Korea, Vietnam, and today. Google it and tell me what you all think.