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KingFlorez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:49 AM
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Will Britain pull out of Iraq like Spain?
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 09:49 AM by KingFlorez
I doubt it, only if Blair is ousted as Labour leader his successor will most likely pull out.
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:54 AM
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1. Blair will resist, his government will fail, then another election will..
...be held and if Blair is outed by an anti-war candidate, the Brits will then pull out.
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paparush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:56 AM
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3. Man, I HOPE that happens..
seems that logical, sensible, voters would do just that....
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:04 AM
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8. That's basically the way the parliamentary system works......
....although there could be shadow forces in Britain working against that process like here in the U.S. undermining the democratic processes. Sadly, short of impeachment or the recall crap that was pulled in California that outed Governor Gray Davis and got Schwarzenegger voted in, nothing like that exists here in the U.S.
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Todd B Donating Member (809 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:58 AM
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5. They already are
They already are pulling troops out of Iraq.

Sure they're redirecting them to Afghanistan, but they are looking to have less then 2,000 troops stationed in Iraq after all is said and done.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,1284,1522...
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Fovea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:08 AM
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9. Bing, bing, bing.
We have a winner.
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Brotherjohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:55 AM
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2. The whole "fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them...
... over here" is sounding kinda hollow in London right now.

You can bet there'll be an outcry for it. And Blair is teetering as it is.
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:45 AM
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16. So what does Homeland Security Director Chertoff do.....
...he elevates the security level for mass transportation only to Code Orange, tells everyone not to be afraid, go about our normal business, BUT KEEP OUR EYES AND EARS GLUED ON EVERYBODY AND EVERYTHING! Geeze.....BushCo, the do nothing administration, watch your own ass and get out of the way should something happen.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:56 AM
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4. Brits are already pulling out of Iraq
and moving their troops to Afghanistan over the next 18 months. It was announced a couple of days ago.
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K8-EEE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:58 AM
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6. How Many Brit Troops Are Even In Iraq Now?
I heard somebody on the radio say they've already reduced it down, taken out 75% of them.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:03 AM
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7. 9,000 - here is a link to the best article on the subject
http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,1284,1522...
<snip>

They say the number of British troops in Iraq could be cut to fewer than 2,000 over the next 12 to 18 months. There are some 9,000 there now. That would make it much easier for Britain to meet its commitment to take over the lead Nato role in Afghanistan from next May.


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K8-EEE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:13 AM
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10. Thank You!
I've been curious about this of course, not something they even talk about in the media here, not surprised to see it in the Guardian.
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dhinojosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:16 AM
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11. Yeah, I saw that. Interesting. nt
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Jacobin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:21 AM
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13. Yep. Tony is trying to save his ass
and to do so he has to finally honor the wishes of the vast majority of Brits.

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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:20 AM
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12. They announced an 18-month timetable the other day and more troops
to afghanistan
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jbane Donating Member (668 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:35 AM
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14. Then we will be there all alone...not good!
No matter what, the mess in Vietraq will have to be wrapped up in some kind of orderly way in order for us to pull out. We have to have the Brits or it will be more of a burden on us.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:41 AM
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15. the Danes are still there - and the Japanese I believe
Did I forget Poland?!
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:26 PM
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17. But will Britian call Iraq the next day, or send it flowers?
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