Saturday, May 31, 2003

Who'd have thunk it?

After insulting the rest of the world and dismissing their concerns as irrelevant, the US administration is now surprised that noone wants to help them occupy Iraq. Other countries have offered only 13,000 troops, when the US is looking to bring most of its 150,000 strong invasion force home.

No doubt this'll be spun to the US domestic audiance as yet another example of "foreign ingratitude" towards the country that defended them from Saddam. You know, we never thanked them for Saving The World during the Cuban missile crisis either...

And on a related note, US forces in Iraq have just suffered ther first defeat at the hands of a popular uprising, and have been driven from the town of Hit. Though "defeat" is probably too strong a word - the US forces were faced with a crowd of angry civillians, and wisely chose to withdraw rather than massacre them. Still, it doesn't bode well for the future.