Again, on the face of it, a good editorial from The Telegraph. Headed, "Don't abandon Iraq", we could hardly disagree with the sentiment.
But, what the leader doesn't do is then draw the obvious conclusions. We are running away because we have to – we do not have the equipment to defend ourselves, and we need the troops and what little kit there is to stave off defeat in Afghanistan.
The point, of course, is that if the troops are to remain in Basra (and they must), they need more equipment and better protection.
This is why we keep "banging on". It is all very well for dead tree sellers to come up with their stentorious editorials but, unless they follow through, all they are producing is so much waste paper.