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Blair to Withdraw Up to 3,000 Troops

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Posted on Feb 20, 2007
Prince Charles with British Troops
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Prince Charles visits with British troops in Basra, Iraq.

Tony Blair is expected to announce a major withdrawal of British troops from Iraq by Christmas—possibly up to half of the current deployment. Although Britons largely oppose the war, the news may come as something of a disappointment as there were rumors Blair was going to withdraw troops more rapidly.


BBC:

Mr Blair is due to make a statement about the 7,000 British troops serving in Iraq at the Commons on Wednesday.

The BBC’s James Landale said 1,500 troops were expected to return home in months, rising to 3,000 by Christmas.

Downing Street has not confirmed the reports but Whitehall sources have told the BBC the process could be slowed down if the situation in Iraq worsens.

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By GW=MCHammered, February 21, 2007 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment
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DRAFT MANDATE
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Be it known that on this day, February 21, 2007, We The People in order to maintain the Iraqi imperfect union, deem it necessary to draft all first born of those serving in the Federal government and those of all active lobbyists. The age range for draftees is eighteen through thirty. Draftees will report for military induction and assignment by March 1, 2007 at President George Bush’s ranch in Texas or face permanent exile.

Sincerely,
We The People

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By chuck i, February 21, 2007 at 9:15 am Link to this comment
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Well….....if the Brits can withdraw troops & cheney says this is a good sign that things are better in iraq…..Why don’t we start to implement a withdrawl program now?????

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By Jon B, February 20, 2007 at 11:48 pm Link to this comment
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“But I still believe that our presence exacerbates the security situation and we should have a target for the withdrawal of all British troops by the end of October this year.” - Liberal Democratic leader Sir Manzie Campbell.

My goodness, brits want to withdraw a year earlier than Obama’s. I am eagerly waiting what aussie Howard has to say.

“bloody hell, bloody fool” - howie the assie

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By Aaitje, February 20, 2007 at 10:52 pm Link to this comment
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Hmm…

Is it me, or does Blair’s sudden decision seem suspect especially after Prince Harry is adamant, and is forcing the issue to be deployed to Iraq?

Think Buckingham Palace made a call to Downing Street since Prince Harry’s apparent refusal to be deployed anywhere else than Iraq?

I guess when it comes to the possibility of spilling “blue blood” of any type, a resolution of peace doesn’t seem so hard to implement, huh?

There truly is something to the Progressives’ argument that had most Senators, and House Reps, as well as the pResident’s fam had blood in the battle, we wouldn’t be at war today.

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By vet240, February 20, 2007 at 9:20 pm Link to this comment
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Britain hit the wall. The financial wall and the wall of dissent.

bush/cheney will put a positive spin on it. We haven’t hit the financial wall yet, and the Democrats swept both house elections due to the opposition to the war but their regeging on their campaign promises. Some of you still have money, that needs to find its way into the Haliburton,BKD, and Blackwater cash stash.

It’s a pity, we could have beaten the terrorist movement by keeping our forces small and adroit, and only attacking when it’s to our advantage, but that wouldn’t have made bush jr a “War President”. bush needed that on his resume to cover his cowardice in Vietnam.

I never capitalize the names of people I hold in contempt.

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By Dr. Don Key, February 20, 2007 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment
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Too little, too late. Iraq is already a clusterf***.

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By Quy Tran, February 20, 2007 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment
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Tony “poodle” Blair is much much wiser then his master who is king George.

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