"The people of England have been led in [Iraq] into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honour. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information. The Baghdad communiques are belated, insincere and incomplete. Things have been far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows. It is a disgrace to our ...record, and may soon be too inflamed for any ordinary cure. We are today not far from a disaster."
Does that ring any bells? It was written in August, 1920 by T.E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia.
This is reposted from 24 November last year.