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20 February 2007

Brit Troops To Trickle Out Of Iraq - Blair Statement Set For Tomorrow ...

This, breaking - via the BBC.

Blair 'to confirm Iraq timetable'

Tony Blair is expected to announce a timetable for the withdrawal of UK troops from Iraq.

The prime minister is due to make an announcement in the House of Commons on Wednesday in which he is expected clarify the details.

But we won't be holding our breath though. Nor should anyone else.

Tone talks the talk alright; he always has done; and done it well.

But as for walking the walk - that's always been far from his forte.

We say, seeing is believing.

As does anyone else with even a semblance of an ounce of sense.

So, roll on tomorrow, eh?

Surprise us, prime minister.

Bring it on, Mr Blair.

The whole world is waiting -- and watching.



LONDON - 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.

But Blair said Sunday that Washington had not put pressure on London to maintain its troop numbers. The BBC said Blair was not expected to say when the rest of Britain's forces would leave Iraq. Britain currently has about 7,100 soldiers there.




Anonymous bluey said...

The way things are going Richard, even seeing isn't believing any more. Not if you just watch mainstream TV propaganderised news, etc.

It's what they don't show us that is by far the most important stuff.

11:23 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Here is a link to an article by F.W. Engahl. It portrys very clearly the context for the seemingly mad moves and blunders of the Bush regime.

From the article-

"It’s becoming clear to much of the rest of the world that Washington might even itself be instigating or provoking wars or conflicts with nations across the world, not merely to control oil, though strategic control of global oil flows had been at the heart of the American Century since the 1920’s. That’s the real significance of what Vladimir Putin said in Munich. He told the world what it did not want to hear: The American ‘Emperor’s New Clothes did not exist. The Emperor was clothed in naked pursuit of global military control."


"The first nation with a nuclear missile shield would de facto have ‘first strike ability.’ Quite correctly, Lt. Colonel Robert Bowman, Director of the US Air Force missile defense program, recently called missile defense, ‘the missing link to a First Strike.’ "


"That June, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld approved a Top Secret order for the Armed Forces of the United States to implement something called Conplan 8022, ‘which provides the President a prompt, global strike capability.’

The term, Conplan, is Pentagon shorthand for Contingency Plan. What ‘contingencies’ are Pentagon planners preparing for? A pre-emptive conventional strike against tiny North Korea or even Iran? Or a full-force pre-emptive nuclear assault on the last formidable nuclear power not under the thumb of the US’ Full Spectrum Dominance-- Russia?

The two words, ‘global strike’, are also notable. It’s Pentagon-speak to describe a specific pre-emptive attack which, for the first time since the earliest Cold War days, includes a nuclear option, counter to the traditional US military notion of nuclear weapons being only used in defense to deter attack."

Much more here.

11:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I HATE men that 'pose' that way - with hands on hips. What is it supposed to say?

They think it makes themselves look all macho.

I think it makes them look like the opposite sex.

11:48 pm  
Blogger bootlian said...

Huh. Already I've heard they're going to spin into it, a rider\disclaimer.

It's only going to happen so long as there's 'no worsening of the situation'. So, any bets that someone (especially the USA) will ensure the situation worsens if they think too many coalition 'friends' have already dumped them?

10:04 am  
Anonymous Charles said...

Here what Blair's said today:

Blair announces Iraq troops cut

Some 7,000 UK troops are currently serving in Iraq

Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced plans to reduce British forces in Iraq.

Mr Blair told MPs the 7,100 British troops serving in Iraq would be cut by 1,600 shortly, with hopes that another 500 could leave by the end of summer.

Full story - and good graphs/figures here.

1:16 pm  
Anonymous whoever said...

I see that now, Demark is pulling it's troops out, too.

4:09 pm  
Anonymous Tom V said...

Griffon, thanks for drawing attention to that huge, high level and well researched article, packed with important information about the threatened strategical balance in the frame of that famous 'Big Game'.

I don't know how many pages the article would be in printed form, but I had to take breaks twice, because my head was buzzing inside. I was aware of a lot of detail, and the general strategical intention of the US, but I wasn't quite 'in the know' about their insidious, calculated attempt right from the end of the 'Cold War' to continue to gain lethal advantage over Russia, and its stages from deep deception, to a partly revealed form from 2001, as it progressed to its next development phase.

The significance of this is absolutely amazing, and mindboggling. According to this, the end of 'Cold War' was actually nothing more, than a US deception, and a continuation, indeed an intensification of a more focused effort, to neutralize Russia, something the US never could accomplish before, in its totality.
Under this light, what Putin's speech represented in public, is a declaration saying:

'We know, what you are up to, and all the important motivations and the 'mechanics' of your thinking, plus the timeframe of your game-plan. I'm telling you publically and clearly on this forum, so you know without any doubt, that Russia knows too, and we have taken measures sometimes ago, to thwart your efforts.'

5:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That of course means that this all can't be blamed on BushCo. Nor on either party. It can only be blamed on what seems to be an inborn and bred American mindset.

That of greedy, bullies.

(and yes - I know there are exceptions but sadly not anything like enough - and there haven't been for many years)

7:39 pm  
Anonymous Stu said...

Out of Iraq -- in to Afghanistan. Some withdrawal, uh?

12:59 am  

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