Dave Price on Basra:

The IA accomplished in weeks what the British Army couldn’t in years.

While I don’t think that soundbite-type statement really tells the whole story, it isn’t without merit. I think it should be taken not as a slap at the British Army (which, when called on is tough) but rather recognition that the Iraqi military has really stepped it up. Finally. The road has been long and hard, but they seem to have reached the tipping point and have been turned loose.

Interestingly, it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen a story blaming us for disbanding the old Iraqi Army.