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Author:  Catherine [ Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:55 pm ]

Blair to announce troop withdrawal

British Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce that thousands of British troops are to begin withdrawing from Iraq in weeks, media reported.

According to The Sun daily, Blair will say that the first contingent of 1,500 troops will leave the war-torn country and arrive back in Britain in a matter of weeks, and a further 1,500 will follow by Christmas.

Britain currently has about 7,100 soldiers stationed in Iraq.

The White House moved quickly to respond to reports of Blair's announcement and released the following statement


Author:  Sir-Irate [ Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:19 am ]
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Hmmm? Call me a skeptic, but I'll believe it when I see it. There building bases over there and I expect they are for total control and quite Possibly for future attacks. There is no reason we should believe anything they say.

Author:  lefty [ Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:44 am ]
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White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe confirmed that Blair told US President George W. Bush Tuesday of his plans for troop withdrawal.

"We view this as a success," Johndroe said, suggesting the British move was a sign of increasing stabilization in Iraq.[/quote]

Doesn't this seem like the worst sort of hypocrisy to anyone besides me...why the fuck are we sending in who knows how many more troops when while the rest of the coalition of the willing is becoming unwilling?? A sucess? Um, if things are so sucessful, why are we staying and adding more?

Author:  DO.g's [ Wed Feb 21, 2007 4:08 pm ]
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The Brits were mostly in Basra, near the Persian gulf. With 3 aircraft carrier groups in the gulf off Iran, there really is no reason for the Brits. They can pull out and it looks as if things are getting better. But are they?

This in the times today- ... ir.html?hp

The pace of the force reduction “depends, of course, in part on what we do, what the Iraqi authorities themselves do, but also on the attitude of those we are together fighting,” Mr. Blair said.

He dismissed suggestions by political opponents that British troops would be leaving behind what one opposition legislator, Charles Kennedy, called a quagmire. He also rejected accusations that the 2003 invasion itself had inspired the insurgency. “We did not cause the terrorism — the terrorists caused the terrorism,” Mr. Blair said.

Can you believe he said that? It was those terrorists that caused the terrorism- like they were just waitng as terrorists to cause the terrorism. As if they weren't motivated to become terrorists because they were terrorists. Outside of ignoring history for the last 1000years or so, this is the stupidest thing that a human being could ever utter. It is a conundrum about a conundrum that substantiates all the blame on the weakest link- the one who can't defend himself. So they resort to terrorism as a sign that they are not happy. It is analogious to saying that your head is being threatened because your toes are under attack. The toes are no threat to the head , but the pain they inflict is enough to convince the head that something drastic must be done.

Most of the attacks from the terrorists are minor wounds meant to draw attention to the problem. None are aimed at the head. But saying it is so makes it so.

Britain has insisted for several months that it will reduce its troop levels in Iraq as soon as Iraqi security forces can take over from them — a marked contrast to America’s decision to increase military personnel in and around Baghdad with a buildup of more than 20,000 troops.

Other allied nations are also planning withdrawals. The Danish prime minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, announced today that all of his country’s 460 troops in Iraq would be out by August. And a spokeswoman for the Lithuanian government said today that her country was “seriously considering” withdrawing its small contingent of 53 soldiers soon.

Britain has long been America’s most prominent ally in Iraq. At the time of the 2003 invasion, Britain committed some 40,000 air force, naval and army personnel to the fight but that was soon reduced to about 9,000 two years ago and 7,100 at present.

We'll see a buildup of troops along the border and the bought and sold locals in Basra will be only too happy to be in control, knowing that the Americans aren't far away. DON'T FORGET THAT THE SOUTH IS THE SHIITES AND THE SUNNIS ARE NEAR BAGHDAD!

British leaders, including Mr. Blair, have stressed that their mission in predominantly Shiite southern Iraq is less fraught than the insurgency and sectarian strife facing American and Iraqi forces in Baghdad.

The Ministry of Defense said Iraqi forces in southern Iraq took a “significant step” toward taking responsibility for Basra’s security on Tuesday when an Iraqi Army division in Basra was transferred to Iraqi command.

It is tied with his stepping down and so is a political statement to the next PM, much like Bush leaving Iraq for the next president. Things will get worse for the next leaders and they will look even worse whrn they have to act. What a world we live in. Lies lies lies and some more lies to make the lies look true.

Author:  Catherine [ Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:50 am ]
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Looks like the Aussies are going to use the Brit pullout to put pressure on their own PM:

PM won't follow UK lead on troop reduction

Prime Minister John Howard says Britain's decision to withdraw some troops from Iraq does not mean Australia should do the same.

Britain is expected to withdraw at least 1,000 troops within weeks and a total of 3,000 by the end of the year.

The British move has made it awkward for the Government which has spent more than a week caught up in an intense political debate over its strategy for Iraq.

Mr Howard says Britain's decision should be kept in perspective.

He says it is not a total withdrawal and Australia should not cut back its own troop numbers.

"I don't think it follows from that that there should be a reduction in our 550 (troops)," Mr Howard said.

"That will still leave British forces in southern Iraq 10 times the [size of the] Australian force."

Exit strategy

The Federal Opposition is using the British withdrawal from Iraq to put more pressure on the Government to explain how long Australian troops will be in the war-torn country
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Author:  Sir-Irate [ Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:34 pm ]
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Australia has more controlled puppets then the UK. John Howard is a spineless wimp.

Author:  Catherine [ Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:43 pm ]
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Did the American voters' message in November, sent via the election, get re-routed somehow to Tony Blair instead of W? It seems Blair's behaving the way Bush should be with this troop pullout. Of course, we all know Bush has no intention of doing anything about bringing our troops home. All he wants is troop increase..Maybe Bush's spies got their "wires" crossed, too, somehow!

Author:  dori [ Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:59 pm ]
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Great post DO.g's!

Less than half of our Coalition of the Willing, are willing anymore...

Author:  Sir-Irate [ Sat Feb 24, 2007 3:37 am ]
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DO.g's wrote:
It is tied with his stepping down and so is a political statement to the next PM, much like Bush leaving Iraq for the next president. Things will get worse for the next leaders and they will look even worse whrn they have to act. What a world we live in. Lies lies lies and some more lies to make the lies look true.

Right and when a new PM IS in charge, it will be - the same plans, same actions, same distractions, same murder machine, same anti-free speech laws or worse. In other words, same shit .. different day! It will remain this way until people finally decide to face this beast and recognize it for what it is.

Author:  Catherine [ Sat Feb 24, 2007 3:58 pm ]
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Thousands take part in demonstrations against Iraq war

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