Writing in the US army-published Military Review magazine, Brigadier Aylwin-Foster, the deputy commander of a British program training the Iraqi military, said the failings of the US occupation of Iraq have spurred the growth of the insurgency.
While they were almost unfailingly courteous and considerate, at times their cultural insensitivity, almost certainly inadvertent, arguably amounted to institutional racism… [despite] an unparalleled sense of patriotism, duty, passion, commitment, and determination, US forces are weighed down by bureaucracy, a stiflingly hierarchical outlook, a pre-disposition to offensive operations, and a sense that duty required all issues to be confronted head-on.
I have all the greatest respect for our soldiers overseas. But if our forces in Iraq have much in common with our domestic law enforcement, I can see how this criticism is valid. Not all agree — Colonel Kevin Benson of the US army’s School of Advanced Military Studies said, “I think he’s an insufferable British snob.”