I usually read what Christopher Booker has to write in the Sunday Telegraph. Don't always agree, but reckon there's always at least a grain of truth there. But today I was quite shocked by what he'd written under the heading 'Our Army failed its test in Iraq'.
I've long felt a bit vulnerable in debate whenever the subject of the Iraq War comes up. When our Prime Minister, Tony Blair told us that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the security of the United Kingdom, I supported his decision to send our armed forces to join the invasion of Iraq. Its only now that there looks a chance that history will judge this a justified action. The last year has transformed the position. Personally, I reckon that the international politician of the year was Nuri al-Maliki, Prime Minister of Iraq, who seems to have created Government where there was chaos - rather than Barak Obama, who so far has only won an election.
But back to Christopher Booker. I knew that Michael Portillo had written something along the same lines before Christmas, but didn't read it. But I didn't approve. I find it very difficult to criticise our armed forces, young people from amongst us who put their lives on the line in the service of our security. I sometimes ask myself whether its a blind spot - or blind loyalty to our own team. Whatever, its shocking to read an article in the Telegraph by one of my regular reads, which describes the contribution by our armed forces in such a negative way. I shall read it again tomorrow, so that I can take it in properly. I'll never read Christopher Booker in quite the same way again.