British understatement is not dead yet. Asked about Britain's recent involvement in Iraq, General Patrick Cordingley told Today that British troops could be proud, but "if you [look at this] a strategist it's not Britain's finest moment."
Asked whether it is "Mission Accomplished?", he said, first, that British troops did well in adverse circumstances (being greatly below necessary strength and having to react to events) and added, "I wonder what the four million displaced [Iraqis] would think about what has actually happened and the thousands of civilians have been killed. There are downsides as well as upsides."
Ah, but Mr Blair insisted, Saddam was "uniquely evil".