Unbelievable. Quite apart from whether General Dannatts Iraq assessment is correct, where does he get off going over the heads of elected civilians by trying to make UK foreign policy in the media? Generals are supposed to follow the instructions of elected civilians, period. If they cannot do that, then they should resign. What does this do except give hope to the insurgents and smash the moral of the troops on the ground? If Tony Blair does not immediately fire this guy, then I guess we must assume that the Generals are running the show in the UK. When MacArthur appointed himself King of Asia and tried to make foreign policy in the media during the Korean War, Truman fired him and justly so. It made no difference that MacArthur was probably right about the need to press the Chinese to the Yule River. The point is that military officers report to the elected civilian leadership, not the other way around. And they certainly do not jump over their CICs head and make foreign policy in the media. Dannatt has only been in his position as head of the British Army since August and what a mistake that appointment was. In a remark that could have just as easily been authored by Al Qaeda, Dannatt actually said that his troops in Iraq make the security situation worse. If Tony Blair is going to retain any credibility, Dannatt should be immediately fired.