Brits Getting Ready to Beat Feet
U.S.-led troops in Iraq part of problem-UK's Straw
LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) - The presence of British and U.S. troops in Iraq is fueling the Sunni-led insurgency which has killed hundreds of people, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said in comments published on Tuesday.
"In an interview with Britain's Financial Times newspaper, Straw said it was crucial Iraq's draft constitution was ready by a mid-August deadline to pave the way for a troop withdrawal."The more certainty you have on that (the constitution), the more you can have a programme for the draw-down of troops which is important for the Iraqis," he said."Because -- unlike in Afghanistan -- although we are part of the security solution there, we are also part of the problem." [snip]
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In other words, cutting through all the bobance and boasting and threatening and chest-beating from 10 Downing Street, the fact is that behind the scenes the Brits are preparing the ground for a cut-and-run. They have gotten the message from those bombs on the Tube loud and clear, and although, being British, they will never admit it in a thousand years, they can read the handwriting on the wall.
There are similar strains coming from the American side, like a second orchestra tuning and warming up on a rear stage while a concert is going forward on the main stage; the new theme is beginning to become audible over all the crashing neo-con crescendos and allegro con Jug-Ears.
The smart money is coming to realize we've backed the wrong horse in the Middle East, and preparations for a backdown and a pullout are starting. Oh, it will be all tied up with pretty ribbons and masked in a smoke screen of bullshit rhetoric. There are still people over here who won't admit we got our asses kicked in Vietnam, as well. And a lot more people are going to die before both the British and the Americans are dragged, kicking and screaming, into doing what everyone has known for the past two years they will have to do.