Colonel Tim Collins, of the Royal Irish Regiment, has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the UK government and military leaders had "absolutely no idea" what to do in the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq.
He was quoted by the Press Association:
"I don't think anybody had any idea why it was we were going to do this.
I rather thought that there would be some sort of plan and the Government had thought this through and I was clearly wrong.
When I gave my now notorious talk to the Royal Irish, I was trying to rationalise for those young men what was going on from my standpoint. As it turned out, it had a wider appeal because nobody had any idea why this was happening.
It became very apparent to me shortly after crossing the border that the Government and many of my superiors had no idea what they were doing.
There was no preparation. They had absolutely no idea what to do. We turned up, took away a country's infrastructure and its law and order with absolutely nothing to put in its place."
An excellent analysis of the failings of the Iraq misadventure!