Posted by: bklunk | February 20, 2007

Like the Man Said, “Declare Victory and Go Home.”

This is probably not the kind of news the White House was looking for.

Newsvine – Blair to Announce Iraq Withdrawal Plan

Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce on Wednesday a new timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, with 1,500 to return home in several weeks, British media reported.Blair will also tell the House of Commons during his regular weekly appearance before it that a total of about 3,000 British soldiers will have left southern Iraq by the end of 2007, if the security there is sufficient, the British Broadcasting Corp. and The Sun newspaper said, quoting government officials who weren’t further identified.

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  1. Although Britain’s troop withdrawal is probably not what the White House wanted to hear, we have to keep in mind that Britain has been our biggest supporter in the Iraq War. Their support, some would argue, was a reason they also fell victim to a terrorist attack in the London bombings of July, 2005. It remains to be seen whether Tony Blair made this move to boost his political reputation or for other reasons, but either way, we have to remain appreciative of England for their help and support in what has turned out to be a huge endeavor. And hey, maybe Blair’s got the right idea in Iraq of making like a tree and…well, you know…

  2. England is sending America a strong message by pulling their troops out of Iraq. By the time all of their troops leave, US troops will be the only ones left. This is saying a lot about what the rest of the world thinks of our battle.

    Britain’s been one of our only allies throughout the war on terrorism. Their withdrawal shows they don’t see its importance anymore and that they don’t agree with the US’ mission. Blair has taken a lot of heat by helping the US and has damaged his once perfect public reputation. Since the beginning of the fight, majority of Blair’s country thought Britain should stay out of Iraq all together. I think it was gutsy of Blair to help the US this long.

    I believe Britain is pulling its troops out because of many reasons. Overall, not much has been accomplished. Furthermore, it’s costing countries, including the US, billions of dollars to fund. The US leadership has dealt with the press over all these issues too and defended their reasons for being there over and over again. I wonder what it will take for us to end the war all together like everyone else. I understand it’s hard to leave after not accomplishing your goal, but what if were the only ones seeing a problem? What does that say? Is there really one at all?

    If we continue to fight, Americans will have to deal with the attitudes assumed by others. Will other counties see us as helping, or as just trying to control everyone and use our power? I guess we’ll see as time continues.

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