name='DB7']What a mess? I've no real objection to regime-change but the nation was conned via a series of falsehoods about Iraq's current and available military strength; culminating in the dodgy dossier. Rolling a massive military force into Baghdad was never going to be a problem but the lack of thought and preparation focused on post-invasion Iraq is criminal - in hindsight we should have been more surgical rather than just bombing every building and installation til we nearly ran out of cruise missiles.
It's the civilian population I feel desperately sorry for, I dread to think how many non-combatants have been killed over the past five years, and even now things appear little better.
As unpalatable as it sounds I do agree with Blairs ex-aide, that at some point we'll have to open up a dialogue with the militias and insurgents.