We were indignant at the sight of President Bush dragging other nations into his war on Iraq and (omigod!) calling this unhappy few "the coalition of the willing." That's like calling the deer who got nabbed by a mountain lion in my neighborhood last week "the happy dinner." We didn't think it was funny; we were pretty nervous. There he was -- that unelected tinpot president using his access to the biggest war toy chest in the world. There he was, setting up his disposable soldiers with the help of invented "allies" from around the world. There he was, playing World War Three, and we couldn't manage to stop him.
But there really is something horribly funny now as Bush slinks out of office, defeated and disgraced, while the "coalition of the willing" heads for home. The Times of London reports:
President Bush's “coalition of the willing” is set to all but disappear from Iraq by the end of the year, with 13 countries, including South Korea, Japan, Moldova and Tonga preparing to withdraw their few remaining troops.
Britain, Australia, Romania, Estonia and El Salvador are the only nations, apart from the US, that plan to remain after a UN mandate authorising their presence expires on December 31.
London must still reach an agreement with Baghdad, however, to keep its 4,100-strong contingent on the ground into the new year. Failure to do so in time would leave British troops without legal cover and they too would have to leave.
But the profit-making continues.