Wednesday, December 10, 2008

British Leaving Iraq

With America’s President-elect Barack Obama's taking office next month, the U.S Army is getting ready to get out of Iraq. The Iraq war has been nothing short of a disaster for America and her allies, and the pull-out has long been overdue. The Americans has a date somewhere in 2011 for a full pull-out (just in time for Obama’s reelection campaign), but it seems that Britain is not waiting.

Reports in British newspapers say that British forces will start withdrawing most of its 4,000 troops from Iraq in March and plans to leave only 400 personnel by mid-2009. Of course, this withdraw is also just in time for the British election Prime Minister Gordon Brown will need to call by 2010.

Whatever the reasons, I think it’s’ about time. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair 45,000 troops to join U.S. President George W. Bush's in the invasion of Iraq and both countries suffered for it in lives and prestige. Getting out sooner rather than later is a welcome move.

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