Britain Declares VictoryFebruary 20, 2007
Big news regarding our friends (yes I do think of them that way) the Brits: 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, the BBC reported.
Blair will also tell the House of Commons during his regular weekly appearance 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. said, quoting government officials who weren’t further identified.
The announcement comes even as President Bush implements an increase of 21,000 more troops for Iraq.
My thoughts below the fold…
I’m not sure how to feel about this. It does seem to be curious timing (the surge).
I DO think the ‘mission accomplished’ thing is all spin, however (logical). Blair is doing the very thing
this site a righty blog seems to chide guys like Obama and Murtha for: i.e. set a deadline for a cut and run. You can’t honestly explain an increase in commitment on our part with a decrease on their part as anything other than Blair caving to pressure. Whether you are for or against this war, I think we can agree that there lies no invisible wall between Basra and Baghdad.
It’s all about the spin. “Cut and Run” or “Declare Victory and Go Home”. It only depends on who’s saying it.
- Jules Crittenden,
- The Reaction,
- Taylor Marsh
- Daily Pundit,
- Captain’s Quarters,
- alphabet city
- Political Animal ,
- Hot Air ,
- Decision ’08,
- Riehl World View
Update: Speaking of declaring victory, here is an older blog post from an Iraq vet that seemed relevant to the discussion: Declare Victory and Go Home?
Perhaps this is simply the “declare victory and go home” strategy of the Vietnam War a generation ago. We could reasonably argue that we did in
Iraq what we originally set out to do: we dethroned Hussein (our true objective) and prevented the production/spread of WMD (because there weren’t any). All this talk of building a Jeffersonian democracy and making Iraq a beacon of liberty in the middle of the Arab world were the wild ramblings of ivory tower neoconservatives who’ve never borne a weapon in defense of his/her country and never truly saw the bloody consequences of their think tank policies they enacted.
Speaking of neocons, here’s Cheney’s predictable reaction to the news: EXCLUSIVE: Cheney Says British Troop Withdrawal Is Positive Sign