|Crap General Lord Chelmsford|
We have a long and proud tradition at times of peace and Small Wars of breeding crap generals. From Isandlwana to the first retreat from Kabul to our more recent ignominious defeat in Basra, inadequate generalship has triumphed to overcome the superb professional skills of our lads in turning victory to rout. The skills needed in peacetime to attain general officer rank are not the same as the skills required in wartime, when the Gentlemen go out and the Players come in. And like Lord Chelmsford, our crap generals are acutely sensitive to bad publicity.
So I'm hardly surprised that it's the crap generals and crap senior civil servants who screwed up Iraq that are co-responsible with the guilty politicians for holding up the Chilcot report.
As a comment to the post below indicates, a Corbyn apology for the Labour Party's part in Blair's War will be something of a red letter day. But the party wasn't responsible for the war; it was Blair and his cronies. If Corbyn becomes leader, the best he can do is not to apologise but move to expel Blair from the party - along with Campbell, Hoon, Straw and Irvine. The failure of any of them to make it onto an honours list may also speak volumes as to the jury still being out on their eventual judicial disposal; the palace won't want to ennoble another about-to-be-convicted crook.