Daily mail did a brief but fair assessment with no "job well done" sentiments.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldne ... -Iraq.html
"No weapons of mass destruction were found, there was inadequate planning for the war's aftermath, shortcomings in equipment and the failure of the relatively small contingent in Basra to quell the bloody insurgency there..........
"Security in Basra deteriorated after the successful 2003 invasion and within a year increasing numbers of British troops were being killed by roadside bombs, gunmen and suicide attacks.
By late 2007 the small remaining British force was unable to stamp out the violence as rival Shia militias battled for control of the city.
Commanders eventually struck a deal allowing the few hundred troops remaining to withdraw to the outskirts without being attacked.
Control was restored in March 2008 when a huge force of 30,000 Iraqi and American troops arrived from Baghdad and took the city back in several days of fierce fighting."
Certainly doesnt put a gloss on it.