The West has no memory

A British diplomat in Baghdad:

We are in the thick of violent agitation and we feel anxious”¦ the underlying thought is out with the infidel.

The country between Diwaniyah and Samawah is abandoned to disorder. We haven’t troops enough to tackle it at present.

There’s no getting out of the conclusion that we have made an immense failure here.

Guess when this was written?