It looks as if the Colonel may be on his way to vindication. Sadly, there’s no doubt, however, that this contretemps has stirred up some Anglo-American tension, of which this article is a sometimes sensible, sometimes petulant, example.
It is to be hoped that the facts of this case allow the whole tawdry affair to be forgotten quickly. What should be remembered is the bravery, professionalism and sacrifices of the troops – American and British – in the Iraq war. They were a credit to themselves, their countries and this finest – and most enduring- of alliances.