Top Military Brits Bash US

Iraq strategy called 'bankrupt,’ Rumsfeld roasted
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2007 10:34 AM CDT
British soldiers stand guard after their convoy has been hit by a road side bomb in Basra, Iraq, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, Friday, June 22, 2007. One soldier was injured in the...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Two British officers instrumental to the country’s role in Iraq have lambasted the US strategy there, with one calling the policies “fatally flawed.” The chief of post-war planning and the head of the army during the 2003 invasion took their criticisms to the press this weekend as tension mounts over an anticipated UK withdrawal from Iraq, Agence France-Presse reports.

Major General Tim Cross said then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had “dismissed” his concerns about low troop levels. General Sir Mike Jackson said Washington’s ideas were “intellectually bankrupt.” The backlash started after a former US army official cited “frustration” with UK performance in Basra. Amid a rumored pullout, British officials maintain they’re “sticking to the mission.”