Looks as if General Sir Jackson's autobiography has caused a stir in the US. Gen Jackson said the Pentagon's decision to disband the Iraqi army after Saddam's overthrow was "very short-sighted" and meant "all the planning carried out by the State Department" for the post-war period "went to waste". Telegraph 2 Sep Paul Bremer (Head of the CPA) has written this article in response saying that the UK effectively agreed to the policy and that Bush knew too, despite his recent claims that he too thought it was a bad idea. New York Times I could ask is this another case of Jackson doing one thing in office and then another as a civvy to promote his book, but as a lesson in nation building, is it a good idea to bin a nation's army: a trained source for security, discipline and equipment, and start again? Were we right to disband the Iraqi Army?