In this final part of our seven-part series, over on Defence of the Realm, we turn the tables and speculate on whether the British, despite the handicaps, could have succeeded. Reviewing what actually did happen after they had retreated to their final bunker at Basra airport, we believe they could.
That is the ultimate tragedy. Instead of attracting the contempt of the Iraqis and the disdain of the Americans – who will never really trust us again – we could truly have walked out of Iraq with our heads held high, without having to pretend we had achieved success. It was that close – and that far.