Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Coalition? What Coalition?

As the so-called "Coalition of the Willing" crumbles, guess who is left holding the bag in Iraq? Of course, it is the United States. Now that our staunchest ally, the United Kingdom begins to draw down their troops from Iraq, the American administration plows ahead with its troop surge, despite the will of the people and their representatives in Congress.

Tony Blair announced the force red
uction today, which will bring U.K. troops strength in Iraq down to 5000 by the end of summer, with the rest to come out by next year. At their peak, the British forces had over 45,000 troops in that country.

And it is not only the Brits drawing down. Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen is pulling out his nation's 460 combat troops, and will replace them with 50 observers. The coalition as reported by the BBC currently looks like this:

US 132,000
UK 7,100
South Korea 3,200
Poland 900
Georgia 800
Australia 900
Romania 600
Denmark 460
El Salvador 380
Bulgaria 150

Now if all this wasn't depressing enough, the GOP is in full, out of control, spin mode. The administration is gushing about how this is great news, that the Brits have stabilized southern Iraq to the point they can go home. Apparently, U.S. Senator, Wayne Allard, a Republican from Colorado, didn't get the talking points memo. He was just on the local news on KCNC-TV (CBS 4) in Denver, blaming the Democratic-led, non-binding vote against Bush's troop surge for sending the allies a wrong message that America is not committed to winning in Iraq. Wayne, didn't you hear? No blame needed. This is a good thing. Just ask the Decider-In-Chief.

I just have to ask . . . if southern Iraq is secure and can be handed off to Iraqi forces, why don't the British troops go to help with the surge in Baghdad? I guess Blair is finally listening to his constituents. I only wish our President would listen to his.

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