In the Arena

Coalition of the Not-Very-Willing

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The Brits are leaving. They say 3000 by the end of the year, but here’s a prediction: All 7500 by the end of the year. The reason is Gordon Brown, who’ll replace Tony Blair as PM in the next few months. Brown will want to build a head of steam for his agenda–and to keep the Tories away from Downing Street–and the best, fastest way to do that is to announce a total withdrawal from Iraq. In fact, one of my intel sources says it’s a done deal, “They’re leaving.”
So how much longer can President Bush talk about “coalition forces” doing this or that?