The Brits have decided to scrap Basra's police force and replace it with a new military-style unit.
Well, so much for the "transfer of sovereignty, as Jim Henley notes.
What will be more interesting is to see how the pro-warriors try to spin this so that we don't admit that this is an occupation. Probably again, we will hear that the current police force is controlled by Iran, and that most of the Basrans hate it, and that ther Brits are "liberating" those poor Basrans from Iranian rule by giving them the police force that they really want, which just so happens to be a military-style unit that (probably) answers to the British.
The disturbing thing about this is that it indicates that we may be heading toward conflict wit hthe Shiite majority soon, and not just the Sunni Arabs.
That is all.