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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:45 AM
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Fighting in Iraq Presents Test for U.S. (Coalition Bailing?)
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 10:09 AM by leftchick
This is a well written article. Japan is now begging the UN for help!

Fighting between coalition forces and Shiite militiamen across a wide swath south of Baghdad presents a major test of the resolve of America's partners to stay the course in Iraq.

The mounting unrest, triggered by the U.S. crackdown on firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, will also test the American strategy of avoiding traditional alliances and international institutions in favor of "coalitions of the willing" in a military conflict.

Washington's inability to bring its major partners in the NATO (news - web sites) alliance into the Iraq conflict means the United States has no ready pool of well-trained reinforcements apart from its own troops in case the Pentagon (news - web sites) decides more forces are necessary to maintain order.

Instead of binding treaty obligations, Washington must rely on arm-twisting and powers of persuasion to hold on to its coalition partners, some of whom face domestic pressure to send their troops home.

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  - First out will be...  Hand   Apr-07-04 10:36 AM   #1 
Hand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:36 AM
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Halliburton! Of course, there could be resultant problems feeding and supplying the troops as a result, but they give as little a shit about that as Chimpy and Crashcart.

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