Coalition of the Willing downgraded to "Those other guys"posted by Jazz at 1/22/2005 09:37:00 AM
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The White House has scrapped its list of Iraq allies known as the 45-member "coalition of the willing," which Washington used to back its argument that the 2003 invasion was a multilateral action, an official said on Friday.
The senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the White House replaced the coalition list with a smaller roster of 28 countries with troops in Iraq sometime after the June transfer of power to an interim Iraqi government.
The official could not say when or why the administration did away with the list of the coalition of the willing.
That was just in time, apparently, since we lost one of the heavy hitters.
On Friday, an organization from Iceland published a full-page advertisement in the New York Times calling for its country's withdrawal from the coalition and offering apologies for its support for U.S. policy.How they managed to keep using that phrase with a straight face for so long will, I fear, remain a mystery for the ages. But now that the pressures of election have eased, one by one we are seeing the trappings of this travesty stripped away.
As you can imagine, a move like this has gathered some howling reviews around Blogtopia.
Atrios: "Memories... how they fade so fast."
Oliver Willis: "Anybody who still supports this administration is either an idiot or a jackass."
Pacific Views: "That ever-shrinking list of 'allies' that Dubya's administration used..."