Even some of my most hawkish friends have been expressing deep worries about the recent attacks in Falluja, which they consider part of the wider problem of poor post-war planning and are concerned might undermine US commitment to Iraq. I really want to write a long post about this, but things are hectic at the moment.

Briefly, even the BBC acknowledges that the town is a basket case and I personally believe that, while the US administration’s “strategy” has been shoddy, they aren’t going to give up on this one. All I can say is that, if I had the time I would make a proper case. For the moment I am limited to a Guardian-opinion-piece-style unsupported assertion.