Will British troops leave Iraq as Blair leaves?


Bush, Blair, and the Iraq war, cartoon by Steve BellAfter the article in the British Conservative Sunday Telegraph on plans to get British troops out of Iraq, another article in the also British Conservative Daily Mail:

The catastrophic effects of Britain’s involvement in Iraq go further than the deaths of 149 of our servicemen and women.

It has contributed to a bloody and intransigent situation to which there seems no end and which has lowered our standing in the eyes of the world. …

But, as Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the Army, told the Mail last October, our presence in Iraq, far from helping the security situation, is exacerbating it.

The timetable for withdrawal is set out in a letter from British military chiefs to the Iraqi government.

It is inconceivable that they would have done this without political approval.

Nor can it be a coincidence that it has happened as Tony Blair is about to hand over to Gordon Brown.

However much Mr Blair is feted on his orchestrated farewell tour, his indelible legacy will be Iraq.

Mr Brown will not want the same stain on his time in office. …

The verdict of history will surely be that our forces remained this long purely to save Mr Blair’s face.

Yes, and also Bush’s face, Dick Cheney‘s face, oil and other corporate profits …

2 thoughts on “Will British troops leave Iraq as Blair leaves?

  1. *Dick Cheney Rules*
    Posted by: “hapi22” hapi22@earthlink.net robinsegg
    Mon Jun 4, 2007 6:47 am (PST)

    The war in Iraq has been a complete success — for the bank account of
    Dick Cheney.

    From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Cheney received “deferred salary
    payments” from Halliburton that far exceeded what taxpayers gave
    him. Mr. Cheney still holds hundreds of thousands of stock options
    that have BALLOONED by MILLIONS of DOLLARS as Halliburton
    PROFITED handsomely from the war in Iraq.

    Reviewing this record — secrecy, impatience with government
    regulations, backroom dealings, handsome paydays — it dawned on us
    that Mr. Cheney is in step with the times. He has privatized the job
    of vice president of the United States.

    ———————————————————-
    **Dick Cheney Rules*

    *
    The New York Times, editorial
    June 3, 2007

    Americans are accustomed to Vice President Dick Cheney’s waiting out
    a terrorist threat in a “secure undisclosed location.” Now it seems that
    Mr. Cheney wears the cloak of invisibility in secure disclosed locations.

    The Associated Press reported that Mr. Cheney’s office ordered the
    Secret Service last September to destroy all records of visitors to the
    official vice presidential mansion — right after The Washington Post
    sued for access to the logs. That move was made in secret, naturally. It
    came out only because of another lawsuit, filed by a private group,
    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, seeking the names
    of conservative religious figures who visited the vice president’s
    residence.

    This disdain for accountability is distressing, but not surprising. Mr.
    Cheney has had it on display from his first days in office, when he
    refused to name the energy-industry executives who met with him behind
    closed doors to draft an energy policy.

    In a similar way, Mr. Cheney seems unconcerned about little things like
    checks and balances and traditional American notions of judicial
    process. At one point, he gave himself the power to selectively
    declassify documents and selectively leak them to reporters. In a recent
    commencement address, he declaimed against prisoners who had the gall to
    “demand the protections of the Geneva Convention and the Constitution of
    the United States.”

    Mr. Cheney is the driving force behind the Bush administration’s theory
    of the “unitary executive,” which holds that no one, including Congress
    and the courts, has the power to supervise or regulate the actions of
    the president. Just as he pays little attention to old-fangled notions
    of the separation of powers, Mr. Cheney does not overly bother himself
    about the bright line that should exist between his last job as chief of
    the energy giant Halliburton and his current one on the public payroll.

    From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Cheney received “deferred salary payments” from
    Halliburton that far exceeded what taxpayers gave him. Mr. Cheney still
    holds hundreds of thousands of stock options that have ballooned by
    millions of dollars as Halliburton profited handsomely from the war in Iraq.

    Reviewing this record — secrecy, impatience with government
    regulations, backroom dealings, handsome paydays — it dawned on us that
    Mr. Cheney is in step with the times. He has privatized the job of vice
    president of the United States.

    Read this at: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/03/opinion/03sun2.html

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/03/opinion/03sun2.html

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