Iraq 'Drawdown' ~ The Secret Is Out !
Today, Sunday 10th July 2005, Britain's Daily Mail newspaper stunned us with a super-scoop.
Here's the headline for this amazing, 'exclusive' news report written by Simon Walters, and published in The Sunday Mail. See if it takes your breath away - as quickly as it did mine.
Secret Plan To Quit Iraq
By Simon Walters, Mail on Sunday
Lately, lots of 'leaks' have been appearing in the British press on a pretty regular basis. But, to This Old Brit, this one seems to be the daddy of 'em all. And it's already been officially confirmed as the genuine article.
The Ministry of Defence last night confirmed the leaked document was genuine.
Here's more of this sensational story.
So much hitherto unknown information is contained herein, that it's hard to judge which revelation should have us reeling most.
Britain And America are secretly preparing to withdraw most of their troops from Iraq - despite warnings of the grave consequences for the region, The Mail on Sunday has learned.
And there's this.
A secret paper written by Defence Secretary John Reid for Tony Blair reveals that many of the 8,500 British troops in Iraq are set to be brought home within three months, with most of the rest returning six months later.
The leaked document, marked Secret: UK Eyes Only, appears to fly in the face of Mr Blair and President Bush's pledges that Allied forces will not quit until Iraq's own forces are strong enough to take control of security.
Could it possibly be this?
Embarrassingly, the document says the Americans are split over the plan - and it suggests one of the reasons for getting British troops out is to save money.
Or, perhaps it's this.
It says Mr Bush's allies in the Pentagon and Centcom, or Central Command, are at odds with Army chiefs in Iraq, who fear it is too soon to withdraw in such large numbers.Rearing to read the rest yet?
The document states: "There is a strong US military desire for significant force reductions.
Here's a final clip & paste before making your way to The Mail's own site.
Mr Reid's memo, prepared for Mr Blair in the past few weeks, shows that in reality, plans to get them out - "military drawdown," as he puts it - are well advanced.
Hit the link to read the entire, explosive ' exclusive' .
IMPORTANT. If you have problems [like others have] using the above link - try the Mail's main page link below, then scroll down a bit for the "Secret Plan to Quit Iraq" story.